Pretend that you were involved in a serious car accident and were injured. Your injury may be horrific, debilitating or even life-threatening. Maybe your back was severely injured. If that happened, a basic x-ray, exam or physical therapy may not be enough to treat your back injury. You may need back surgery in the case of a herniated disc or fracture.
When is back surgery appropriate?
Some back injuries cannot be cured with conservative non-surgical treatments, especially when they fail to relieve your back pain and other symptoms. When this happens, it is proper to consider surgery. Here are some factors to help you decide if it’s time for back surgery:
- The source of your back pain is from a herniated disk, spinal stenosis or sciatica, which does not respond to physical therapy or other form of medication.
- When your back pain is accompanied with fever, worsening pain and numbness in the injured area.
- Teen victims are recommended to undergo back surgery to correct a spinal deformity.
- Your bones are broken or your spinal column is damaged, that leaves your spine unstable.
- You are suffering from a condition that compresses your spinal nerves, thus resulting to the numbness or pain along the back of your leg.
If you feel consistent back pain, see a doctor. They will help diagnose you and figure out what your options are to relieve your pain. It's also a good idea to get a second doctor's opinion if your first doctor recommended surgery, just to make sure it's necessary.
What to do before, during and after the surgery?
It's important to remember that there are different types of back surgery. Each type varies depending on the extent or gravity of your injury. The most common types of back surgery are: discectomy, laminectomy, fusion, intradiscal electrothermal therapy, vertebroplasty, artificial disks, kyphoplasty and plasma disc decompression.
Before you undergo back surgery, it is advised that you schedule a checkup by your family doctor, especially if you are taking medications. The surgeon may ask you to refrain from taking medicines that may be harmful to your operation. Aside from being physically equipped, you also need to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the operation. A back surgery can be risky, and you have to be brave enough to take the risk.
During the day of the operation, try to stay calm and try not to worry. Remember that if your back pain was caused by another’s negligence, that person is liable and obliged to pay for your medical expenses. After the surgery, it is important to follow all the instructions that your doctor gives you. Some instructions could be: the correct ways how to move, sit, walk and stand. This is to ensure a fast and successful recovery.