Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options of failed back surgery syndrome, and discover effective strategies to prevent post-surgical pain.
Is surgery for neck or back pain necessary? Sometimes. It is reasonable to consider spine surgery if the pain has not diminished after months of non-surgical treatment, if pain does not respond to medication, or if you're unable to complete basic daily activities. Some surgery options are minimally invasive (microdiscectomy for a herniated disc) and allow for quick recovery, while other types of surgery (a posterolateral fusion for degenerative disc disease) are more extensive.
After back surgery there are several lifestyle habits that will aid in the recovery process, such as avoiding smoking, getting enough continuous sleep, and eating nutritious food.
Kyphoplasty surgery is an option designed to treat pain and possible deformity caused by osteoporosis fractures in the spine.
Kyphoplasty Procedure Overview
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed through a small skin puncture. A typical kyphoplasty procedure takes 1 to 2 hours per vertebral level to complete.
Risk factors such as smoking, associated health conditions and previous surgeries may delay or prevent the success of a lumbar laminectomy surgery. Complications associated with this procedure are usually rare.
While lumbar decompression will often relieve the patient's leg pain and back pain directly after the surgery, the pain may last longer for some patients until the nerve root heals.
Lumbar discectomy, both microdiscectomy and endoscopic (percutaneous) discectomy, was the first type of spine surgery to be commonly performed on an outpatient basis.