If you are among the many people who are struggling with chronic pain in the lumbar region of your back, you may have tried a number of things for relief. Things like exercise, physical therapy and medications sometimes work, but sometimes they do not bring about relief either. If you have tried all these things and still find yourself living in misery for much of the time, you may be ready to entertain the thought of a surgical procedure in order to gain relief. If so, you should have a conversation about the use of minimally-invasive procedures as opposed to the traditional open surgery method. You will likely find that these procedures get you back to normal life quicker with fewer side effects.
Procedures that are conducted to provide a life that is not dominated by lower back pain are sometimes referred to as lumbar stabilizations. You may be a good candidate for one of the minimally-invasive surgical techniques if your condition is caused by a problem with one or more discs.
Degenerative disc disease develops when the discs in the back begin to break down. This is a problem that tends to worsen with age and can cause the bones to rub together or nerves to become pinched. Other disc problems include bulging or herniated discs. This condition can happen rather suddenly as a result of an injury or it can progressively get worse over time. In either case, pressure is put on a nerve, which results in some rather serious pain.
Back pain can also happen when the channels through which the nerves run become narrowed. This puts pressure on then nerves as they become squeezed by the narrower opening. The condition is known as spinal stenosis. It is commonly corrected by surgery as the openings are enlarged, providing adequate room for the nerves to pass without being constricted.
There are a number of benefits associated with minimally-invasive lumbar stabilizations as opposed to open surgery. They can be done faster and safer, plus they usually do not require as much time for recovery. This is because they do not cause as much trauma to muscles and other tissue around the area of the surgery. For this reason, patients typically do not require nearly as much medicine after the procedure.
There is also much less risk for infections and other complications as compared to open surgery. Much of the time, minimally-invasive lumbar stabilizations do not require general anesthesia. Using local anesthesia eliminates the risks associated with being put to sleep for surgery.
After the surgery is done and the recovery period is completed, patients who have undergone minimally-invasive procedures have a much smaller scar remaining. Along the same lines, this means there is less blood loss during the procedure as well.
If you are potentially facing a surgical procedure to get your back pain level under control, you should ask the team at the office of Stanley C. Jones, MD about minimally-invasive techniques. The difference may be enough to convince you that going through the procedure is worth it, as opposed to living in pain. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Houston.