Having back surgery can be a difficult choice. Typically, people consider surgery for back pain only after all other treatments have failed to provide relief. Even then, surgery does not provide significant improvement for everyone. Learning about the risks of back surgery ahead of time and understanding it can help you decide whether or not it’s right for you.
All surgeries, though, carry some degree of risk. The general risks of any back surgery can include:
•Reaction to anesthesia or other drugs
•Blood clots, for instance in the legs or lungs
•Recurrent disc herniation
•Nerve damage, which can result in weakness, paralysis, pain, sexual dysfunction, or loss of bowel or bladder control
Some risks might be higher for certain people.
Spinal Fusion- Spinal fusion is the most common surgery for back pain. In a spinal fusion, a surgeon joins spinal bones, called vertebrae, together. This restricts motion between the bones of the spine. Fusion also limits the stretching of nerves.
Reduced spinal motion does not significantly limit activity for most people. One risk unique to spinal fusion surgery is incomplete fusion of the vertebrae. That can require additional surgery. While incomplete fusion is uncommon, smoking does increase the risk.
So just because we don’t cut you open and view your nerves through a lens stuck inside your body, doesn’t mean that what we do isn’t at the forefront of health care and may dramatically enhance your long term quality of your life. Don’t hesitate to give us a call now at (714) 636-2741 to see if you are a qualifying candidate for our high intensity laser treatments.