A Spinal surgery is not an initial but rather an advanced treatment option to relieve oneself of either back pain or neck pain. If the pain and disability in the back or neck causes an identifiable lesion in a patients' anatomy and it does not show adequate improvement.
With non-surgical treatment, a spinal surgery can be a useful option. Though spinal arthritis is usually chronic, the symptoms of the disease are scarcely continuous. Surgery on the painful joints is not always the only option. However, a spinal surgery becomes necessary in severe cases. And patients suffering from severe spinal problems may need to go for a spinal fusion, decompression.
Back problems are one of the most common reasons to see a doctor. Approximately 80% of people will experience back pain during their lifetime. Fortunately, for the vast majority of these people, the pain will subside naturally without the need for surgery.
Many patients with lower back pain wonder if they will need surgery and if and when they should consult a surgeon. The surgeon can effectively diagnose the problem with the neck, mid back and lower back.
Surgery is not the final answer to all back pain and problems. If medicines and other non-operative treatment does not help a back problem, it is not necessary that surgery will help. There are definite situations where surgery would help and the result is good if surgery is applied to those problems.
The success or failure of spine surgery depends upon the type of problem and the expected result. The good result is important aspect of the treating doctor's experience and expertise. The patient and the doctor must have realistic expectation from a back operation. A patient in extreme pain and disability may become ecstatic even if his or her pain is reduced partially.
In the current state of the art spine surgery, the aim is to get the patient on his feet as early as possible. In majority of the cases, the bed rest only for about 3 to 5 days after which the patient is allowed to walk and carry out the activities of daily living. With a better understanding of spinal problems, a given condition is tackled with the minimum amount of surgery required.
No operation is free of risks. Possibility of complications is higher if the operation is very major. In routine spine operations, the difficulty rate is minor.