Many people visit their doctor for help with back pain. In most cases, conservative care eases the discomfort. However, when medical interventions fail to relieve back pain, you may need spine surgery. At Restore Joints & Spine in Mission, Texas, orthopedic surgeon Vaibhav “Van” Kanawade, MD, performs spine surgery using the most innovative tools and techniques. To learn more about spine surgery, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Spine surgery is a treatment for chronic back pain and spinal abnormalities. It involves removing, replacing, fixing, or fusing various parts of your spine to reduce pain and improve stability.
Almost everyone develops back pain at some point during their life, and most causes of back improve with conservative medical intervention.
Restore Joints & Spine only considers spine surgery when medical interventions fail to ease the pain.
The orthopaedic surgeon at Restore Joints & Spine determines if spine surgery can resolve your back pain or condition after a comprehensive evaluation. Even if spine surgery is a possibility for you, they may try medical interventions before proceeding with surgery.
Restore Joints & Spine may consider you a candidate for spine surgery if you have chronic back pain from:
Your orthopaedic surgeon may also consider spine surgery if you have other serious symptoms in addition to your pain, such as difficulty walking or a loss of bowel or bladder control.
They only perform spine surgery if they can identify the exact cause of your pain.
There are many types of spine surgery. The type you need depends on your diagnosis. Common surgical spine procedures include:
For compression fractures of the vertebrae from osteoporosis, spine surgeons perform minimally invasive vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. During this procedure, the surgeon inflates a balloon in the compressed fracture and injects special bone cement to harden and strengthen the bone.
For patients with spinal stenosis, your surgeon may perform a laminectomy. During this procedure, they remove a portion of the vertebrae and any bone spurs to increase space in the spinal canal.
If you have a herniated disc, a discectomy removes it.
A spinal fusion involves surgically fusing two or more vertebral bones to stop painful movements.
After a discectomy, your surgeon may perform a disc replacement, replacing your damaged disc with an artificial disc, restoring spine structure and mobility.
Restore Joints & Spine uses minimally invasive tools and techniques for spine surgery, reducing your post-surgical pain and recovery time.
To find out more about spine surgery at Restore Joints & Spine, call or schedule an appointment online today.