Spinal Surgery

Spinal fusion, also called spondylodesis or spondylosyndesis, is a neurosurgical or orthopedic surgical technique that joins two or more vertebrae. This procedure can be performed at any level in the spine and prevents any movement between the fused vertebrae. With any surgery, there is the risk of complications. When surgery is done near the spine and spinal cord, these complications (if they occur) can be very serious. Complications could involve subsequent pain and impairment and the need for additional surgery.

How Serious Is Spinal Surgery?
With any surgery, there is the risk of complications. When surgery is done near thespine and spinal cord, these complications (if they occur) can be very serious. Complications could involve subsequent pain and impairment and the need for additional surgery.

What is the success rate of spinal surgery?
Back surgery for a pinched nerve can usually be done with a minimally invasive approach, and will usually result in early return to normal function (1 to 3 weeks). The success rate for decompression spine surgery is high, with approximately 90% of patients experiencing good relief of the leg pain after the surgery.

How long do you stay in the hospital after back surgery?
You may be in the hospital for 1 to 3 days; longer if you have spinal fusion. Rest is important. But doctors want you out of bed as soon as possible. Most people start physical therapy within 24 hours.

Should I have spinal surgery?
If You Do Need Surgery, Timing Matters. In most cases, back surgery isn't a rush. Patients with herniated (or “slipped”) discs, or degenerative spine conditions that are slow to get worse, to wait 6 weeks before surgery. This gives him a chance to see if your body will heal on its own.

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