When you have suffered from chronic lower back pain for a prolonged period of time, you may have resigned yourself to the fact that that pain was just going to continue to affect and control your life forever. However, if your neurologist makes the recommendation that you get spine surgery to correct your chronic back pain, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Get to know more about the surgical procedures that can help with low back pain and what you can expect from the process. That way, you can best determine if spine surgery is right for you and your low back pain.
The Types of Surgery Available
There are a few different types of surgery that may be able to help with your low back pain. One such spine surgery is spinal fusion. This type of surgery takes two separate vertebrae that may be out of position damaged, or that slide against one another and bonds them together as one. It turns separate bones into one solid bone to prevent the movement and shifting that causes pain.
Another surgical procedure that may help with your lower back pain is known as an artificial disk replacement. This surgery actually works by replacing the disk that sits in between the bones in your spine with a mechanical version. Replacing the disk can help with shock absorption when pressure is placed on the spine and can get rid of your chronic back pain if it is cause by a slipped or disintegrated disk in the back.
The Preparation for Surgery
Once you and your neurologist decide on the right surgical procedure for your chronic low back pain, you need to begin preparing for surgery. Be sure that your doctor knows all of the medications that you are currently taking, both over-the-counter and prescription.
Sometimes, you could be taking a medication that could cause you problems in surgery (like blood thinners) or that could affect your recovery from surgery. You would likely need to stop taking that medication for a period of time before you can have the surgery. Otherwise, if your surgeon knows what you are taking, they can figure out a way to work around it (should the medication be something you cannot feasibly stop taking).
You may also want to consider donating blood in the weeks or months prior to your surgery. This donation can be made specifically to be held on reserve in case you need a blood transfusion during your surgical procedure. Using your own blood can be better to prevent your body from rejecting the blood. If you do decide to donate blood make sure that you and your physician discuss whether or not you will need to take an iron supplement to re-fortify your blood prior to surgery.
Now that you know more about your surgical options for your low back pain as well as the preparation process, you can be sure that you get the help and the care you need, perhaps from Blue Valley Surgical Associates, to overcome your chronic pain.
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