Traditional spine surgery has long been performed as an open surgery that often placed great stress on the body and required a lengthy recovery period. In more recent years, innovations in medical technology and techniques have allowed surgeons to perform safer, minimally invasive procedures to correct certain spinal problems. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis takes full advantage of this new technology to provide patients with the highest care possible with a faster recovery. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.
For most spinal issues, spine surgery is suggested when less invasive treatment options aren’t providing desired results or when spinal surgery is the only treatment option. Some of the most common reasons you might need spinal surgery include:
Spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis and herniated discs can place stress on the nerves in your spinal cord, causing pain, weakness, and immobility. In such cases, spinal surgery is necessary to relieve the pressure, often by removing structures in your spine such as in a laminectomy.
If you suffer from a condition that makes it difficult for your spine to maintain a natural shape during everyday conditions, the ligaments, bones, and muscles in your back can pay the price. This is common in spinal fractures and spondylolisthesis, and surgery is often the only treatment for restoring stability.
Scoliosis, flat-back syndrome, and kyphosis are a few common conditions that affect the curvature of your spine. In severe cases, these can affect your physical appearance, as well as your gait or ability to move. While minor cases of these conditions often don’t require surgery, more severe cases may need surgical intervention.
Recent technological advancements have allowed surgeons to perform procedures that create smaller incisions and cause less muscle damage than traditional surgery.
Though some procedures still require open surgery, many of the most common spinal surgeries have minimally invasive options, such as a lumbar discectomy or lumbar fusion.
The length of time you spend recovering after spinal surgery depends on the type of procedure you receive, the severity of your initial condition, your recovery plan, and whether your surgery was open or minimally invasive.
No matter which kind of surgery you receive, you should expect to spend at least a few days in the hospital for monitoring. For some minimally invasive procedures, you might be able to go home the same day.
If you received a spinal fusion, it can take months before your back has fully healed, though you can often go back to work before then. Dr. Dennis will recommend some changes to how you move and position yourself during recovery for best results.
If you want to learn more about what to expect from spinal surgery, Dr. Dennis is here to help. Call the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, to schedule your consultation or book online.