Many sufferers of back pain are surprised to realize that spine surgery is only necessary in a fraction of cases; however, when discomfort is severe and a root cause identified, sometimes an operation is the best solution for relief.
There are many types of spine surgery, and each is customized to treat the patient’s specific condition. Some broad categories include:
- Discectomy. If you have a herniated or damaged disc that is causing pain, often the injured area can be removed to alleviate the discomfort.
- A laminectomy may be performed if you have spinal stenosis. If pressure is being put on the spinal cord because the passageway has become overly narrow, a laminectomy can remove some of the bone overgrowth to alleviate associated pain.
- If you’ve lost support and stability in the spine due to stenosis or degenerative disc disease, your surgeon may recommend fusion to connect different bones and restore structure.
There are as many types of spine surgeries as there are conditions to treat. Internal bracing, for example, may be needed if you suffer from scoliosis or kyphosis. But, if you’re experiencing pain from a bone spur, a simple removal of the protrusion could provide relief.
At Atlanta Spine Surgery, we specialize in minimally invasive procedures and if an operation is necessary, we strive to make it as simple as possible to promote the fastest recovery and restoration of regular, active lifestyles in our patients.