Neck and Back Surgery Health Center
Is surgery for neck or back pain necessary? Sometimes. It is reasonable to consider spine surgery if the pain has not diminished after several months of non-surgical treatment, if your pain does not respond to medication, or if you're unable to complete basic daily activities. Some surgery options are minimally invasive (e.g. microdiscectomy for a herniated disc) and allow for quick recovery, while other types of surgery (e.g. a posterolateral fusion for degenerative disc disease) are more extensive.