Is Back & Spine Surgery Right for Me?
Deciding to have back or spine surgery isn’t a decision you can rush through.
We’re here to help you understand all your options. That way you’ll know whether back surgery is right for you. Even if surgery is in your future, we offer treatment options that are less invasive and require less recovery time than traditional open surgery.
Back surgery might be right for you if you’ve tried all kinds of other treatments – like physical therapy – but are still in pain. Surgery involves some risk, but few patients suffer from serious complications during or after their surgery.
Afterward you’ll enjoy less pain, which means you:
- Are able to get back to activities you love
- May no longer need pain medicine
- Can get back to work and increased productivity
- Are happier overall
Choosing whether or not to have back or spine surgery isn't always an easy decision.Talk to us about your options and what you can expect from surgery. Simply call the Back & Spine Program at Aurora St. Luke’s at 414-649-3300, Aurora BayCare Spine Care at 866-938-0035, or the Sheboygan Spine Institute at 920-453-3961.
Exploring Back & Spine Surgical Treatments
Below are just some of the back and spine surgical treatments offered at Aurora Heath to treat degenerative diseases, trauma and tumors. Talk to one of our doctors about which back or spine treatments are right for you.
- Spinal fusion stabilizes your back by stopping motion between the bones of the spine that may be contributing to your pain. Your surgeon will fuse some of your spinal bones (vertebrae) together. This is the most common surgery for back pain.
- Laminectomy reduces pressure on your spinal nerves, alleviating pain. The surgeon removes the back part of the vertebra that covers and protects your spinal canal (called the lamina). Because this type of surgery can make the spine less stable, your surgeon may simultaneously perform a spinal fusion.
- Foraminotomy widens the space (called the foramen) where nerve roots leave the spinal canal by cutting the away bone. The surgery relieves pressure on the nerve roots in your back that are causing you pain, numbness or tingling. A spinal fusion might be performed at the same time to stabilize your spine.
- Discectomy repairs injured or bulging disks. The bones in your spinal column are separated by protective discs made up of two parts: a jelly-like inner portion and a solid outer ring. Because back pain results when the jelly-like portion juts out through the outer ring, your surgeon removes the entire disc or a portion of it. (May be part of a larger surgery including foraminotomy, laminectomy or spinal fusion).
- Disc replacement replaces a herniated or bulging spinal disc between your vertebrae with an artificial disc that helps your spine continue to move. Recovery time for this type of surgery can be shorter than spinal fusion.
- Interlaminar implant helps alleviate symptoms of spinal stenosis, a condition where your spinal column narrows causing severe pressure on your spinal cord. Your surgeon fits a U-shaped implant between two back bones in your lower back to maintain space. The procedure gives you greater stability, without restricting your range of motion as much as spinal fusion.
Your back or spine pain shouldn’t stop you from living the life you were meant to lead. Just remember: You do have treatment options.