Spine Surgery Questions and Answers

Aug 4, 2019
Health Equity

Frequently Asked Questions about Spine Surgery

At Norton Community Medical Associates, we understand that spine surgery can be a complex and daunting procedure. We aim to provide you with the necessary information and answers to common questions that patients like you may have.

What is Spine Surgery?

Spine surgery refers to surgical procedures performed on the spine to treat various conditions affecting the spinal column. It is typically performed to alleviate pain, correct deformities, or address spinal injuries.

Who is a Candidate for Spine Surgery?

The decision to undergo spine surgery is highly individualized and depends on several factors. Your doctor will assess your medical history, symptoms, and diagnostic test results to determine whether you are a candidate for surgery. Generally, candidates for spine surgery include those who have:

  • Severe or persistent back or neck pain
  • Nerve compression causing weakness or numbness
  • Spinal deformities
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal fractures

What Should I Expect Before Spine Surgery?

Prior to your spine surgery, you will have a thorough evaluation by your surgeon. This may include physical examinations and further diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans. Your surgeon will discuss the procedure, potential risks and benefits, and address any concerns you may have.

What Types of Spine Surgery Procedures are Available?

There are several types of spine surgery procedures available, including:

  • Discectomy: Removal of a herniated disc that is pressing on a nerve.
  • Fusion: Joining two or more vertebrae together to stabilize the spine.
  • Laminectomy: Removal of the bony arches of one or more vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
  • Artificial Disc Replacement: Replacement of a damaged disc with an artificial one.
  • Spinal Decompression: Relieving pressure on the spinal nerves by removing bone or tissue.

What Should I Expect During and After Spine Surgery?

The specifics of your surgery, including the duration and recovery process, will depend on the type of procedure performed and your individual case. Generally, spine surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and you will be closely monitored throughout the procedure. Following surgery, you will be provided with post-operative care instructions, including pain management, activity restrictions, and rehabilitation plans.

What Are the Risks and Complications of Spine Surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, spine surgery carries potential risks and complications. These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Postoperative pain
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Instrumentation failure
  • Blood clots
  • Allergic reactions to anesthesia or medications

What Is the Recovery Process after Spine Surgery?

The recovery process after spine surgery varies for each individual. It typically involves a period of restricted activity, followed by a gradual return to normal daily activities. Physical therapy and rehabilitation may be recommended to help regain strength, flexibility, and mobility. Your surgeon will provide you with specific post-operative instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery.

Trust Norton Community Medical Associates for Your Spine Surgery Needs

When it comes to spine surgery, it is important to choose a trusted medical team with expertise in spine care. At Norton Community Medical Associates, our highly skilled surgeons and dedicated healthcare professionals are committed to providing you with comprehensive, personalized care throughout your spine surgery journey. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or learn more about our services.