A surgery for lower back pain is a serious decision which should be carefully considered. A surgeon is focused to see you under his knife, it is his occupation. Besides, any operation is risky and can set off other health problems. Very often misdiagnosed patients have to deal with unnecessary surgeries adding new additional back pain or if they are lucky dealing with the same back pain again.
An example for a bad surgical procedure after a spinal operation is an inflammation of the delicate layers of the spinal cord. From that point on the surgery of the lower back can take its toll, because the delicate layers of the spinal cord (meninges) get inflamed and then thicken. The thickened membrane pushes all the time on the spine, generating excruciating pain.
Statistics for low back pain surgery
Ever year three hundred thousand Americans undergo a surgery for lower back pain. Unfortunately, an incredible high number of sixty thousand patients experience a lower back pain after the surgery.
Surgeons favor two operations for lower back pain surgery:
The first surgery for lower back pain is a disc removal or lumbar procedure
The removal of a disc and a nearby bone gives the adjacent nerve the ability to move freely and helps it to avoid getting ensnared or compressed by the spine.
The second surgery for lower back pain is a lumbar spine fusion
For a minority of back pain sufferers moving the spine creates huge back pain.
When no other options are left to eradicate the back problem a surgery for lower back pain is recommended. The surgeon performs a spine fusion to eliminate the movement of a particular section of the spine. He will use metal instruments to hold the vertebral bones together.
What are the drawbacks with spine fusion surgery?
The spine fusion surgery by itself is a routine operation and works usually very well. The problem lies in the aftermath of the surgery. Sometimes the stimulation of the bone growth does not work and the vertebra segments don't fuse.
Other risks of spine fusion are infection and the possibility of a damaged spinal cord or the nerves which exit the cord.
What about smoking if you have received a surgery for lower back pain?
Smoking in public places is coming to an end worldwide. Even Switzerland abolishedy smoking in public places since May 1st 2010. Smokers feel continuously harassed by doctors about the risk of smoking for good reason. If you are a smoker, the lack of new bone forming skyrockets up to 500%! Bone forming after a fusion surgery is one of the most important pillars, so stop smoking!