Lumbar spine surgery is used to relieve back pain resulting from various spinal conditions. The goal of any lower back surgery is to alleviate pain, stabilize the spine, and restore function by removing pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves.
In most cases, lumbar spine pain treatment begins with a series of nonsurgical treatments that attempt to relieve symptoms. When these measures fail, or due to the severity of the damage causing the pain, lumbar spine surgery is recommended.
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Types of Lower Back Surgery
Lumbar Spinal Surgery Benefits
Lumbar spine surgery can alleviate your chronic pain and restore your function so that you can return to your previous activities. Minimally invasive lower back surgery offers patients several benefits over traditional open back surgery, including:
Preparing for a Lumbar Procedure
Preparation for surgery will depend on the type of lumber spine procedure you’re having. In most cases, part of your preparation will require that you:
What to Expect During Your Lumbar Procedure
The specifics of your procedure vary depending on the type(s) of lumbar spine surgery you are having. Most are performed using a minimally invasive procedure through a tiny incision over the affected portion of the spine. The incision will usually measure approximately an inch and allow for the insertion of the surgical instrument or laser that will repair the damage. A special type of X-ray called fluoroscopy allows the surgeon to view real-time images during the procedure, aiding in precision.
Once the damage has been repaired, the incision will be closed and covered, and you will be sent to a recovery room to be monitored for a few hours. Minimally invasive lower back pain surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis so that you can go home the same day or the following morning.
Recovery Timeline For Lumbar Back Surgery
Lumbar spine surgery recovery time varies from person to person, but many can get back to most of their regular activities within 4 to 6 weeks.
Pain medication will be given to manage any post-surgical pain if needed. Ice and heat may also help with discomfort. You may be prescribed physical therapy. Physical therapy can help keep lumbar spine surgery recovery time to a minimum by helping you regain function and learn methods to avoid back pain in the future.
Your doctor will let you know when you can resume certain activities and return to work.