When you have intractable pain and have failed with every conservative treatment, it may be time for you and your physician to consider one of the common back surgeries. Conditions like a herniated disk or spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis may be corrected with surgery. Other problems like a serious infection or tumor, you may be left with little choice other than back surgery.
These are the most common surgeries for your back:
This surgery involves the removal of part of a laminectomy enlarges that part of the spinal column. The narrowing causes pressure on nerve roots which produces pain and sometimes disability. This surgery removes the lamina which is located on the backside of the canal that forms the ‘roof’ over the spinal cord. In addition, the surgeon will often cut away any arthritic protrusions of bone or spurs.
In a procedures, a material like a cement is injected into the affected vertebrae through a thin needle.
The two surgeries are identical until this point. In a , your surgeon places a device resembling a balloon into the compressed vertebrae and inflates it. This last step restores the proper height to crumbled vertebrae, thereby reducing the spinal deformity.
Humans depend on the neck remaining in good condition. When a strong force injures your neck, or if you develop inflammation or degeneration, you will experience pain and perhaps disability.
Younger people usually incur damage caused by an injury. Sports injuries, vehicle accidents, and other blunt-force trauma can cause permanent harm and disability.
Older persons usually have more cases of degenerative disk disability. A lifetime of wear and tear can cause sometimes excruciating, long-term problems. Other common diseases of the neck can produce pain and disability.
Your Back & Spine
The Anatomy of the Spine
The Segments of the Spine
The cervical spine is the first segment of seven vertebrae at the top. It holds your head and neck.
The thoracic spine is the second segment, located in the middle portion of your body. It consists of 12 vertebrae that control the mid-back region.