A 45-year-old member asked:
How badly can your neck/spine have to be to require surgery?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Depends: Depends on your particular case
you need to discuss this with your doctor.
5.2k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: In general, there are two reasons surgery is considered. First, if there is a present or impending problem that if not addressed surgically will lead to a neurological or medical problem. For example, there are some people at risk for paralysis unless they have surgery. Second is if the spinal condition that causes symptoms that have failed nonoperative care, such as in chronic back pain.
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Last updated Jan 12, 2017
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