Back Surgery Q & A
What conditions can back surgery address?
At Legacy Brain & Spine Clinic, our highly skilled physicians, surgeons, nurses, and rehabilitators take a patient-centered approach to everything we do. That´s why when evaluating back pain treatment options for each patient, we always start with a conservative approach (which causes minimal discomfort) and work our way up from there only if necessary.
Although many back pain issues can be resolved successfully with therapy and medication alone, some conditions do require surgery to eliminate the pain completely. If your condition falls into that category, rest assured you are in good hands: our team has extensive experience performing back surgery to address a variety of problems that cause pain and related symptoms. Some of these include:
Severely degenerated discs
Importantly, our team specializes in minimally invasive back surgery guided by Globus ExcelsiusGPS™, one of the most advanced robotic navigation systems available today.
How do I know if back surgery is right for me?
If you experience radiating or non-radiating pain in your upper or lower back and have already tried nonsurgical treatments without success, you may be a candidate for back surgery.
To determine whether and what type of surgery is right for you, the skilled professionals at Legacy Brain & Spine will perform a consultation, including a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your medical history, and diagnostic imaging such as X-rays or an MRI. They will then discuss their recommended treatment option with you and answer any questions you may have.
What should I expect if I need back surgery?
All back surgery procedures are performed at our outpatient surgery center. Most procedures require general anesthesia, so you will need someone to drive you home after your surgery.
Your surgeon will make small incisions along the treatment area and use slender surgical instruments or robotically enhanced tools to perform the procedure. They will be guided by a tiny camera inserted at the site that will allow them to view the inside of your body on a monitor, thus avoiding the need for larger incisions in order to view the site directly.
When your surgery is complete, your surgeon will close your incisions with dissolvable sutures. You will go home with pain medication and instructions for at-home care and any activities to avoid. If surgical staples need to be removed, you will return to our clinic within approximately 10 days; otherwise, you may not be seen for a couple of weeks. Someone from our team will call you in the days following surgery to check up on your progress.
What benefits does minimally invasive back surgery offer?
Because minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical procedures require much smaller incisions and less cutting through muscle and other tissues, they are often preferred by both patients and physicians over traditional open surgery. Some of the benefits of same-day, minimally invasive outpatient surgery include:
Lower risk of infection
Shorter recovery times
From a lifestyle perspective, after an outpatient procedure you don’t have to spend time recovering in the hospital. You can also return to work and many everyday activities quickly, without worrying about missing important events or obligations.
If you are suffering from back pain that has not improved after therapy or other non-surgical treatment, remember that you have more options. If you are searching or ready for a solution, reach out to us today and let us restore your health, comfort, and motion.