Spinal surgery is classified under one of the biggest branches of medicine, called neurosurgery. A neurosurgeon is specialized in complex and very long procedures on the spine, brain and nervous system.
There are a number of different diseases and disorders that are exclusive to the spine and treatments can be long procedures. Spinal surgery is a very complicated field, and it only takes a moment for things to go south. Besides death, the worst case scenarios include going into a coma for an unknown amount of time and losing the ability to walk.
If a patient is suffering from back pain, a physician will first try drugs for pain relief, and surgery is usually the last resort. Recovery time is long, and risks are too high. However, if the surgery goes well and the patient has had a good recovery period, then patients can resume life without any pain and with utmost efficiency. Smoking and an unhealthy diet can have an adverse effect on your health after surgery, and the results may be disastrous for your spine that has just been operated on.
There are multiple procedures under spinal surgery and here are some of them:
- Spinal fusion
- Disk replacement
- Interlaminar implant
Since we already know of the associated risk from the surgery, it is crucial to speak to your doctor regarding all the potential risks. There is also a chance that surgery might not help with the back pain at all so putting your body through the trauma of surgery will all be a waste. You need to know all the risks before you decide to go ahead with the surgery.