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When is back surgery typically recommended?

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Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Last resort or

When conservative treatments (pt, meds, injections, other) have failed and there is a structural problem causing disabling back and leg symptoms.
Severe /progressive leg weakness, numbness and or loss of bowel and bladder control are urgent indicators for surgery.

In brief: Last resort or

When conservative treatments (pt, meds, injections, other) have failed and there is a structural problem causing disabling back and leg symptoms.
Severe /progressive leg weakness, numbness and or loss of bowel and bladder control are urgent indicators for surgery.
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pain, function

The two main reasons to consider back surgery: 1)if you have failed nonoperative care for a spine condition that is causing pain and/or limiting your function and there is a reasonably safe and effective surgical option; 2) if there is danger of neurological deterioration from your condition if surgery is not done, such as in Impending paralysis or neurological deficit.

In brief: Pain, function

The two main reasons to consider back surgery: 1)if you have failed nonoperative care for a spine condition that is causing pain and/or limiting your function and there is a reasonably safe and effective surgical option; 2) if there is danger of neurological deterioration from your condition if surgery is not done, such as in Impending paralysis or neurological deficit.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Only when

This is dependent on diagnosis-a progressive spine deformity like scoliosis that has not responded to treatment , for disc herniation that has failed at least 12 weeks of non op care or is causing a significant weakness or bowel/bladder control issues , for unstable fractures or ones causing cord compression, certain tumors & for some infections &for spinal stenosis that is did not repond to care.

In brief: Only when

This is dependent on diagnosis-a progressive spine deformity like scoliosis that has not responded to treatment , for disc herniation that has failed at least 12 weeks of non op care or is causing a significant weakness or bowel/bladder control issues , for unstable fractures or ones causing cord compression, certain tumors & for some infections &for spinal stenosis that is did not repond to care.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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