When Spine Surgery is Necessary

Call the Adena Spine Center today at 740-779-7100 or request an appointment online.

At the Adena Spine Center, we are committed to working with our patients to try non-surgical options to relieve their pain. In about 90 percent of our patients, that approach works and patients return to an active lifestyle with greatly reduced or no pain.

In about 10 percent of patients, however, surgical intervention is needed.  At Adena, spine surgeons, specially trained in spine procedures, perform many different types of traditional and minimally invasive spine surgery. We consistently achieve excellent results based upon outcome measures we track on our patients. For example, infection rates, always a concern with any type of surgery, are well below the national average. 

Minimally invasive surgery is performed with special tools through just a few small incisions. This technique often results in less pain and faster recovery for patients.

Every patient’s situation is evaluated by a spine team to determine whether the patient is a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure. The doctors in the spine center, orthopaedics center, bone and joint center and the sports medicine center regularly meet to discuss how to best meet the needs of patients with complex medical issues.

Some of the conditions that are commonly treated with surgery include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis in the lower back (lumbar spinal stenosis)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal infections
  • Some vertebral fractures

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits:

  • Less pain
  • Less injury/bruising to tissue
  • Fewer narcotics needed for pain control
  • Less scarring due to smaller incision(s)
  • Faster recovery
  • Outpatient procedure or shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to activities and work
  • Less expensive

Disc Replacement 

For patients with degenerative disc disease, replacing a disc in the spine with an artificial disc is becoming an alternative to traditional open spinal fusion. Disc arthroplasty, as it is formally known, is believed to stop further degeneration of adjacent discs and preserve spine motion.

Disc arthroplasty for the lower back (lumbar region) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 and disc arthroplasty for the neck (cervical region) was approved in 2007.  Even still, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation suggests that disc replacement should only be considered when all other treatments have been exhausted.

The only way to know what interventions will restore function and comfort is to have a complete evaluation and a treatment plan designed by a team of experts, like those at the Adena Spine Center.

If surgery is needed

If conservative treatment doesn’t cure back pain, surgery may be necessary to relieve symptoms and restore functionality. The most favorable outcomes occur when surgery occurs within six months of completing the nonsurgical treatments.

If you suspect you have a spinal condition, get an evaluation at the spine center by calling 740-779-7100 or request an appointment online.

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