Surgery for Back Pain
This article is definitely something you will not want to miss if
you are considering surgery for back pain.
Did you know that approximately 60% of the adult population has a herniated disc yet doesn't even know it? A
study conducted in 1994 by Jenson and associates entitled "MRI imaging of the lumbar spine in people without back
pain" took every day, normal people and put them under an MRI. They found that 64% of these pain-free people had
some sort of disc abnormality! This wasn't any old study either; this study was conducted at Massachusetts General
Hospital (Harvard Medical School's hospital if you didn't know) and was published in the prestigious New England
Journal of Medicine.
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I explain the reasoning behind this thoroughly in my physiology of pain e-mail course, which you can sign
up for free at the end of this article.
With that said, sometimes surgery for back pain may be necessary, particularly after traumatic conditions and if
neurological problems such as leg weakness result. However, I'm guessing that this does not apply to most of the
readers, because if you just got in a car accident, you would probably be rushed to the emergency room rather than
searching around on the internet for information on surgery for back pain.
Always seek the opinion of multiple medical professionals before going under the knife. Unfortunately, the
situation that happens a lot is that someone's primary care physician is fed up with chronic pain so they refer
them to a surgeon, who (surprise) elects to cut. Just remember that if you go to a surgeon, odds are he is going to
want to cut you! A neurologist is a good person to consult before getting surgery, as they do not stand to profit
from surgery and are a specialist is serious spine conditions.
Discectomies are a procedure that is intended to provide relief from herniated discs. In this situation, pieces
of the disc (or the entire disc) pressing up against the spinal cord are removed. The end result is nerve
decompression. This has a moderate success rate that depends on a lot of factors. As with all spinal surgeries, the
longer the pain goes on for, the more likely the surgery is to fail.
Spinal Fusions are when two or more intervertebral discs are fused together with bone grafts and metal pieces,
such as rods and screws. The goal of these surgeries is to improve spinal stability. The unfortunate thing about
spinal fusions is that researchers have shown that fused vertebrae will ultimately become more sensitive to pain.
As the joints remain immobilized, the body will create more sensors for pain around that immobilized joint. it's
not the body's fault though; your brain just knows that since it can no longer move that joint, it will make it
more sensitive to pain in order to keep it in place.
However, spinal fusions aren't always avoidable, especially after trauma. Spinal fusions can be particularly
useful after car accidents, falls, and other events which result in fractured vertebrae. These are also often done
in response to various birth defects. However, spinal fusions are usually not appropriate treatment surgery for
Laminectomies are often used to treat spinal stenosis (or narrowing or the spine). This involves removal of a
piece of (or the entire) lamina, which is part of the bony structure that encases the spinal cord. The end result
is that there is more space in the spine for the cord, which may result in some decompression for the spinal cord.
Like all surgery for back pain, success rates are limited.
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