Most spinal problems can be treated using nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy. In some cases, however, your physician will recommend surgery. Before you make the decision to have spine surgery, you should learn as much as possible about what your options are. Here is an overview of some common spinal issues that require surgery, and what you can expect from the procedure.
Conditions that require surgery. Your physician may recommend surgery in order to repair damage to your spine, such as herniated discs caused by an accident. Spine surgery may also be used to treat a condition such as scoliosis or spinal stenosis. If you have developed tumors in your spine, surgery may be necessary to remove them.
Traditional spine surgery. In the past, spinal surgery was an involved and difficult process. During the procedure, the surgeon would make a long incision in the patient’s back, then move muscle aside in order to make adjustments to the spine. Recovery times were long, and the surgery sometimes resulted in damage to muscle tissue. Today, surgeons will only recommend traditional surgery if there are no other alternatives.
Minimally invasive spine surgery. Today, most spinal problems can be treated by minimally invasive spine surgery, or endoscopic back surgery. Instead of making a long incision, the surgeon makes a small incision, then uses a special instrument called an endoscope to examine the inside of the patient’s body through a screen. Then, the damage to the spine can be repaired. Minimally invasive spine surgery has a number of significant advantages over traditional surgery, including shorter recovery times, less pain after the procedure, and lower risk of infection.
Brandon Regional Hospital has been serving the Hillsborough County community for more than 30 years. If you are interested in learning more about our state-of-the-art spinal surgery treatments, contact us today at (888) 327-2636. You can also visit our website to read more about our services, which include orthopedics, treatment for stroke, and pediatric services.