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Patient Education: Spine Surgery FAQs

  1. What type of spine surgery is recommended for my symptoms?

  2. Depending on the type of pain you’re experiencing, treatment options can differ.

    Spinal Fusion is indicated for patients suffering from neurological deficits, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, kyphosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, or spondylosis.
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    Laminectomy is appropriate when the patient suffers from spinal stenosis, defined as a narrowing of the spinal canal in the back or the neck (lumbar and cervical respectively). Laminectomy is performed by removing the roof of the spinal canal (known as the "lamina"), relieving the compression of the spinal nerves. A laminectomy gives more breathing room to the spinal canal and dural sac. Other treatment options for spinal stenosis include anterior fusion and posterior fusion.

  3. What are alternatives to surgery?

  4. Conservative treatment options include medications (anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxents, and nerve stabilizers) and pain management. Pain management is indicated for acute or chronic pain. Chronic pain can be caused by many things, including a bad mattress. Compressed nerves can be a contributing factor to chronic pain. Minimally invasive pain management includes Lumbar and Cervical Facet Injections, Radiofrequency Ablation, Epidural Injections, Sympathetic Blocks, and Spinal Cord Stimulators.

  5. What are the benefits to having surgery?

  6. Surgery is reserved for conditions that are not improved by conservative modalities. Back and neck pain, as well as symptoms of nerve compression, can be improved with surgery. With new minimally invasive techniques, this can be accomplished with minimal blood loss, less muscle disruption, and a faster recovery. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amar Rajadhyaksha to ask any additional questions, please call our offices.