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Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances. Skip to Content. The surgical procedure likely will include a discectomy removal of the damaged disc and interbody fusion fusing together the vertebrae above and below the disc space. Many procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques, which can help speed your recovery. Of course, if surgery is necessary, your surgeon will clearly explain the recommended procedure and the benefits and risk.
While lumbar degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging, it does not mean you have to live with low back pain. We can help you return to a healthy, pain-free and active life. For most patients this is accomplished with nonsurgical treatments.
But, even if surgery is needed, be assured we will discuss all procedure risks and benefits and provide you with the best possible care.
In addition treatments, our medical professionals have a deep commitment to patient education. By helping you understand the cause of your condition, we can help you eliminate risk factors and instill spine healthy habits for a lifetime. While you are under our care, our medical staff will provide you with excellent information to help you recover, minimize risk factors, and stay healthy.
George A. Frey focuses his medical practice on the treatment of all complex spine problems affecting the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions in adult and pediatric patients. We are an independent, advertising-supported comparison service. Our goal is to help you make smarter financial decisions by providing you with interactive tools and financial calculators, publishing original and objective content, by enabling you to conduct research and compare information for free - so that you can make financial decisions with confidence.
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We value your trust. Our mission is to provide readers with accurate and unbiased information, and we have editorial standards in place to ensure that happens. However, if one has an acute rupture with loss of bowel or bladder control, this is considered an emergency and should be evaluated by your physician or in the emergency room immediately. The initial treatment is to have a complete evaluation by your physician to assess the extent of the damage to the nerves.
If you have numbness and weakness, it should be done sooner rather than later, and if you find that you are getting progressively worse it also should be done as soon as possible by your physician or in the emergency room. Once the extent of the damage is assessed, in most cases the treatment is the same as for arthritis of the spine. The symptoms usually take several weeks to several months to decrease. In most cases the symptoms will decrease on their own with no other treatment.
Physical therapy can be of some help in the early stages to help decrease the pain and help with range of motion. Sometimes traction is helpful but it should be gentle and at the instruction of your physician. Once the pain is better, there are exercises that can increase muscle strength and keep the risk of recurrent pain down. This treatment should be directed by your physician. Also, taking precautions not to stress your spine is helpful.
For example, heavy lifting is not recommended, and if the disc is in the neck, then heavy lifting with the arms away from the body is not conducive to good health.
Acute discs typically get better with rest. The only absolute indication for surgery where surgery must be done or the damage is possibly irreversible is if the disc is so large that it suddenly causes bowel or bladder problems. In that case, the surgery should be done right away to prevent permanent damage to those nerves. If the disc is in the neck and the legs are suddenly affected, some physicians would consider an operation necessary right away.
Some physicians may also consider surgery if the symptoms of weakness in the extremities are progressing at a rapid rate. In a vast majority of cases, immediate surgery is not indicated.
Because up to 98 percent of disc problems get better without surgery, it is not needed if the symptoms can be controlled. Tingling and numbness get better in most cases, and weakness in the muscles may take longer to recover. Some patients have recurrent bouts of back pain with or without nerve involvement.
Sometimes these happen frequently and keep the person out of work, out of their sport or generally restricted from their activities. In those cases, injection of steroids into the area around the disc can sometimes get rid of the pain and inflammation. If that does not help, then surgery is an option. The indications for surgery for arthritis of the spine are similar to those for a disc problem in the spine.
If someone has pain that is easily controlled with rest and medication only every now and then, surgery is not indicated. If the pain and nerve symptoms occur frequently, are severe and limit your activity or are not controlled easily with rest and medication and are generally ruining your life, then surgery is a consideration. Rarely the spine with arthritis gets so bad that the bones and spurs begin to constrict the nerves and the spinal cord.
This gradual squeezing of the spinal cord is called stenosis and can happen very slowly. In some cases, surgery is necessary to stop or slow down the process and is typically performed only when the symptoms get severe.
The surgery for arthritis of the spine depends on exactly what is being pinched and where the arthritis is located. Sometimes the surgery is just to remove the spurs that are compressing the nerves, and sometimes the vertebrae are fused together to prevent the irritation that occurs when the two bones rub against each other when the spine moves.
The results of surgery and prognosis after surgery should be discussed with your physician. The decision to have surgery on your spine should be done after careful consideration of all of the factors involved. Most spine problems get better without surgery, but when the symptoms begin to take over your life, consultation with a spine specialist is recommended.
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