ack pain treatment should only be performed or advised upon by medically trained professional, as these treatments must be carefully executed on a correct diagnosis. The wrong treatment for a condition could cause even more damage and pain than what was previously occurring. The neck and the back are substantial, significant parts of the human body, and it is equally important that their functionality and structure remain fluid and healthy. There are a number of different issues that can cause back pain, so, in treating those issues, there are two different categories:
Depending on how severe the issue is that is causing your back pain, there are different types of surgical treatments. Some procedures are minimally invasive, while other require much more elaborate surgery. There are multiple invasive surgeries, but the most common of them are as follows:
- Spinal Fusion
- Cervical Spine Fusion
- Anterior Cervical Fusion
- Posterior Cervical Fusion
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
- Total Disc Replacement
- Dynamic Stabilization
- Spinal Reconstruction
A discectomy is generally performed when someone has a herniated or bulging disc. When performing a discectomy, the doctor will carefully remove any area of the disc that may be pinching or applying pressure to a nerve. That pressure or pinching is what causes the pain, weakness, or numbness. The doctor will only remove those specific parts of the disc, and not the entire disc itself.
hen performing a decompression surgery, the doctor is trying to allow the pinched or pressured nerve extra room. Basically, because a disc or bone is applying so much pressure and the nerve is essentially stuck, the surgeon will cut part of the bone from the other side, allowing the nerve to breathe easier. It decompresses the area around the pinched nerve, alleviating pain and numbness, and allowing for added comfort and mobility.
Posterior Cervical Fusion
usion is an innovative surgery that has become increasingly popular in the last couple of decades. It is an invasive surgery that essentially uses heated lasers to fuse bones together with metal applicants, such as plates and screws. The posterior cervical fusion procedure is the process of fusing vertebrae together in the back and neck. The surgeon uses plates, screws, and grafts to correct any abnormal spinal curvature or fractured bones.
Total Disc Replacement
otal disc replacement is a highly invasive surgery where the doctor will remove the entirety of a disc in the spine and replace it with something artificial, such as a plate with screws. This invasive surgery is typically done to further prevent the effects of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Although it is similar to spinal fusion, it allows for better mobility after healing, and is a much more recommended surgery in most cases, in regards to regaining functionality.
ynamic Stabilization is the process of inserting an artificial rod down the spine, keeping it “honest” with its natural shape and movement. It allows a natural functionality of the spine, while keeping it strong, helping to avoid any future problems. In the past, this has been a highly invasive surgery, but with technological and medical advances, this surgery is much less invasive than in recent years.
pinal reconstruction is an extremely complex surgery that involves the removing of bones, discs, and so forth, and replaces them with artificial instruments. Ultimately, it will help in regaining functionality, movement, and shape. This procedure will help keep the spinal column aligned, preventing later injuries and help reduce the effects of current disorders, such as scoliosis and DDD. Because of the significance of this surgery, it is a lengthy process with an even lengthier recovery time.
Invasive spinal surgery is a serious topic, as is any invasive surgery. Whether the procedure is minimally invasive or requires more than that, these surgeries should only be recommended and performed by medical professionals. Laser Spine Specialists can help you start getting healthy again. Call us today and let us help you discover the root of your neck and back pain so you can become healthier and happier.