Any surgeon worth his or her salt will tell you that surgery is not always the best option, and this could not be more true. While there are certainly some cases that require surgery in order to solve the deeper issues, largely structural, and prevent pain from returning, there are many non surgical treatment options available to chronic back pain patients. If you are working with a surgeon who has failed to mention these, you should immediately stop trusting them and start working with a surgeon at BNA Surgery in Boulder, the region’s leading spinal surgery center. The surgeons at BNA Surgery understand that surgery is not right for everyone and therefore work hard to come up with a treatment option that is right for each patient individually. They also are at the cutting edge in their field and have come up with a number of spinal surgeries that are minimally invasive, decreasing recovery time and chances of failed back surgery syndrome.
The first treatment option always involves looking towards conservative spine care, as some patients have spinal injuries and problems that are tricky to diagnose initially. These patients may have a myriad of issues complicating diagnosis or perhaps there is a reason that surgery should be avoided at the outset. Keeping all the possibilities and variables in mind at all times allows surgeons to come up with the most complete care plan for their patients. The neurosurgeons at BNA Surgery are well versed in the various treatment options and have the expertise that is critical to diagnosing and treating all the possible spinal disorders that might be present. The first step taken is also a non invasive and non surgical option. Non surgical conservative treatments tend to include medications, injections, and physical therapy as well. BNA Surgery looks to a regimented program of stretching, muscles development and other therapies to improve the condition before considering surgery. If this does not help, then interventional therapies that reduce swelling are used to reduce pain. Finally, if these treatments do not work, then and only then is surgery considered an option.
A Microdiscectomy is one of the spinal surgery options available to patients. In fact, a microdiscectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed in the lumbar region of the back. The goal of the surgery is to remove a herniated disc and usually involves making a small incision at the right lumbar level and then operating under a microscope, a tiny incision in the spine’s laminotomy is made, and the disc removed. This surgery is truly at the cutting edge of spinal surgery treatment options as it is completed using microsurgical techniques. This kind of performance can only be done by surgeons who have been working to develop these cutting edge technologies such as the surgeons at BNA Surgery. This kind of microscopic level surgery adheres to the goal of being as careful and non invasive as possible when working with a spinal cord surgery patient. With these advances in surgery, we are looking at a whole new world of surgery options!