Category Archives: Spine Surgery

When Is Surgery for a Herniated Disc Necessary?

Simply having a herniated disc doesn’t mean surgery is in your immediate future. In fact, the standard treatment when inner disc material presses outward and irritates nerves is a combination of medication and physical therapy. However, you may be wondering if there’s a way to know if you need to have surgery for a herniated […]

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Is It Safe to Have Robotic Back Surgery?

At one time, robotic surgery was nothing more than something out of a science fiction story. It then became something that was only available to select patients because there were only certain places where robotic techniques could be used to perform spinal surgery. Today, it’s becoming more accessible to patients in need of various procedures […]

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What to Expect if You’re Having Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

If you’ve been experiencing back or neck pain that’s not responding well to conservative treatments, you’ve probably had some discussions with your doctor or a spine specialist about surgery. Odds are good that such talks have included a mention of minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS), which is an increasingly common way to perform many decompression […]

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How to Recover from Spine Surgery at Home

Even with advances in technology and the increased use of minimally invasive techniques, spinal surgery still isn’t something you recover from the moment your operation is over. While the exact extent of your recovery will vary based on the type of procedure you had done, your overall health, and other circumstances, it typically takes several […]

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Is It Okay to Skip Physical Therapy After Spine Surgery?

You may not be thrilled about the idea of participating in regular physical therapy (PT) sessions. Even so, PT is a critical step in the recovery and rehab process following most types of spine surgery, even minimally invasive procedures. Still, many people start PT and then stop it when they feel better, and other spine […]

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When Can Spine Surgery Complications Potentially Occur?

In a perfect world, all spine surgeries would be complication-free. However, this isn’t always the case, but you can take comfort in knowing that while there are certain points during the recovery period when complication risks are higher, such occurrences are rare. If spine surgery is in your immediate future, it can be helpful to […]

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Should You Have Spinal Surgery?

According to some estimates, medical experts have been making an effort to treat spine-related conditions as far back as 1550 B.C. Today, spine surgery is much more reliable and often performed with less-invasive techniques that reduce risks and recovery times. Even so, there are many factors to consider when deciding if surgery is right for […]

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Advantages of Having Laminectomy Surgery

Spine-related symptoms that can range from mild to debilitating are sometimes caused by pressure on nerves around vertebrae in certain areas of the backbone. The problem is sometimes worsened by bone spurs, a sudden, traumatic injury, or spinal abnormalities. Initial attempts at relief usually involve anti-inflammatory medications, manual manipulations, and therapeutic techniques such as heat/ice […]

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Spinal Surgery’s 5 “W”s

Approximately 80 to 90 percent of the population is personally familiar with spine-related aches and pains. Fortunately, most instances of back pain are temporary or manageable with conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy. If you’ve reached a point where your spine has become unstable or nerves are being compressed, spinal surgery may become […]

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