While the majority of treatment for lower back pain is non-surgical, surgery should be the last option after you have exhausted all other natural care such as chiropractic or acupuncture.When surgery is used to treat chronic back pain for which other treatments have failed., the procedure is called a laminectory. These are some testimonials stories of those whoe elected surgery.
“My lumbar fusion from L3 to S1 was performed to fix another back surgery (re-do diskectomy) that caused my vertebrae to collapse, causing severe pain and a very unstable spine. The fusion was the only option, it did stabalize my spine, helped? the pain, but I am still disabled from it all. I live on morphine to control the pain. All this at age 36. Now 42 and still suffering. But not from the fusion. Also have discogenic sclerosis. Which I don’t know what that is or what it entails????”
“My L5-S1 fusio worked pretty well. I just got run over once I RETURNED TO WORK a ND IT MESSED ME UP FOREVER. .My surgery was the open type, with lots of muscles cut back . It? hurt non escapable for a couple of weeks, plus I was drained, mentally and body too.”
“For me it’s just hard to believe if someone had a fusion and is a pain free after that. I’ve had 4 microdiscetomy on L5-S1 and none of them worked. Most of people I talked to told me that fussion did make things worst than? microdiscetomy that’s why I am leaving fussion as my last option. But again it all depends what part fo the body we talkng about and each person’s body reacts differently.”
In a laminectomy, part of the lamina, a portion of the bone on the back of the vertebrae, is removed. It can be used to treat herniated discs and spinal stenosis. In microdiscectomy a much smaller incision is made and the doctor uses a magnifying lens to locate the disc. The smaller incision may reduce pain and the disruption of tissues, and it reduces the size of the surgical scar. With a laser discectomy, a laser is used to vaporize the tissue in the disc, reducing its size and relieving pressure on the nerves. Spinal fusion may be used to treat spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. In spinal fusion, two or more vertebrae are joined together using bone grafts, screws, and rods. The fused area of the spine becomes immobilized. Vertebral fractures can be caused by trauma or by osteoporosis. A vertebroplasty injects a cement-like mixture called polymethyacrylate into the fractured vertebra to stabilize the spine. Kyphoplasty inserts a balloon device to help restore the height and shape of the spine before injecting polymethyacrylate to repair the fractured vertebra. Disc replacement surgery can now be done in cases where the disc is severely damaged. Here the disc is simply removed and replaced with a synthetic disc.