The Long-Term Consequences of Back Surgery

Back surgery is a medical procedure which aims to alter a patient s structural anatomy, for the express purpose of giving pain relief. Back surgery can be relatively reasonable for many patients whose pain hasn’t decreased after several weeks of non-invasive treatments, of course depending on the severity of the situation. Usually, non-surgical back surgery options include transvaginal or vaginal back support which is designed to support and cushion the vaginal area during a pregnancy. Sometimes, however, spine surgery may also be recommended as an additional treatment option, especially if the back pain originates from a postural disorder or other structural abnormality of the spine.

Spinal fusion back surgery is another common surgery option, and it’s usually only considered in very serious back pain cases, where other treatments haven’t worked. This type of surgery generally involves a fusion of two vertebrae, where one has to be amputated and replaced by a titanium piece. Spinal fusion surgery usually gives fairly quick recoveries, and in some rare cases, full mobility can even be regained. The drawback of spinal fusion back surgery however, is the fact that it’s a form of spinal injury surgery and therefore the surgeon would need to have privileges from his local hospital.

These procedures are all highly invasive, and although there will always be short-term and mild side effects following the operation, these often fade away within weeks. However, even with these rare side effects, long-term consequences can still occur including nerve damage, muscle weakness, poor movement, permanent scarring, and possible organ damage. If you’re considering undergoing any form of surgery for the treatment of your back problems, you should be aware of the possible long-term consequences and weigh your options carefully.