When Is Spine Surgery Necessary?
Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: May 17, 2018
Although the vast majority of spine surgeries have very high success rates, surgery is not recommended for every patient suffering from spine pain. Some individuals will heal just fine with conservative care methods, while others may be considered a high-risk surgical candidate for one reason or another. That being said, sometimes spine surgery is not only recommended, but it is considered necessary for the patient’s well-being. Today, we take a look at why spine surgery may be considered necessary.
Spine Surgery – Want vs. Need
Most spine surgeons recommend that you attempt at least six weeks of conservative care treatment before considering having an operation. The main reason for this course is because surgery is a physically traumatic experience on the body, and if you can heal just fine without hardware or making incisions, then there’s no reason to subject your body to the operation. With that said, there are times when surgery will be the first recommended treatment because it is necessary for your health and well-being. Here’s a look at some reasons why spine surgery may be necessary:
- You’re dealing with a spinal tumor.
- Conservative care is unlikely to or has already failed to provide relief.
- The condition is jeopardizing the health of your spinal cord.
- Pain and discomfort make it impossible to pursue conservative care.
- The problem is likely to return unless surgically addressed.
- There was a problem with the first surgery.
If you check any of those boxes, you may need a surgical operation to correct your issue. The prospect of surgery may seem daunting, but medical science has made great strides in recent years, so not only are procedures safer and more effective, but they can typically be performed using minimally invasive techniques. That means the procedure is less taking on the body, it reduces the likelihood of complication, and it leads to faster recovery times for the patient.
Minneapolis Spine Surgeon
Dr. Sinicropi has been performing necessary spinal procedures for more than a decade, and he can explain your options in a clear and straightforward manner. If you have any questions about the operation or why you need surgery, he’s always more than happy to explain his reasoning and work with patients to ensure everyone is on the same page. If you’ve been told that you need surgery to address a spinal issue, trust the operation to Dr. Sinicropi and his experienced team.