Misinformation and incorrect impressions about spine surgery can prevent some patients from receiving the help they need for chronic back pain. Many of these myths are based on outdated information and a fundamental misunderstanding of the procedures currently used to treat back pain. Here are a few of the most common myths and the corresponding facts about modern spinal surgery techniques.Patients must learn to live with back pain
Chronic back pain may seem like a fact of life for some patients. In reality, a number of treatments can provide real relief for back pain and can significantly reduce both the frequency and the severity of these episodes. Medications can provide temporary relief. For many patients, however, spinal surgery is the best solution and provides lasting effects in pain reduction and overall mobility. Modern techniques produce better results and improved prognoses for patients, ensuring the most positive resolution for chronic back pain.
Spinal surgeries require lengthy recovery periods
While this was once true, advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques have reduced the time needed for recovery to a considerable extent. Recovery times now require days or weeks, not months. Unlike previous forms of spinal surgery, endoscopic and laparoscopic methods cause minimal tissue damage and less scarring, reducing the time needed to heal from the incision and surgery. Some patients at the Spine Center of Tempe can return home on the same day as their surgical procedure and may return to work in as little as a week after the operation.
Spine surgery is extremely risky
Any surgical procedure entails certain risks; however, modern minimally invasive techniques have reduced the risk of spinal surgery considerably. Many patients experience no negative side effects at all from their surgical procedure. When side effects occur, they tend to be mild and much less problematic than the chronic back pain patients experienced prior to that surgery. Studies show that most patients are satisfied with the results of their lumbar and spinal surgery procedures.
Repeated surgeries will be required to treat the pain
Most patients experience significant improvements after just one surgery and will never require another spinal procedure. While cases of multiple surgeries do exist, they typically occur in cases where major reconstructive work must be performed after an accident or when the condition is progressive in nature. For almost all patients, just one surgical procedure is sufficient to provide relief from chronic back pain.
Dr. Saqib Siddiqui and the Spine Center of Tempe can provide more information on minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. Contact us today to find out how we can help you live pain-free.