Surgical Treatments for Extreme Lower Back Painby Aini Clive Marketer
Back pain is considered to be one of the most prevalent problems nowadays. Around 80% of the US adults have felt lower back pain at least once in their lifetime. There is not one single treatment for lower back pain because every person experiences a different intensity of pain, hence, everyone gets a different treatment depending on the cause of the origin.
If lower back pain goes untreated for weeks, it transforms into extreme lower back pain which is difficult to treat through home remedies or conventional methods. This condition requires surgical treatment after the patient permits to do so. Some surgeries are more invasive than others and take a longer time to heal. Some of the surgical treatments for treating lower back pain include:
· Spinal Fusion
Lumbar spine fusion is sort of a welding process in which the surgeon fixes the lower back problem by using small bones of the spine and vertebrae, fuses them together in order to get one solid bone. This fusion eliminates movement within the problematic bone which is the reason for extreme lower back pain.
· Disc Replacement
Disc replacement is a surgical treatment for lower back pain in which the surgeon replaces an artificial disc with the one causing the extreme pain. In this treatment, movement is maintained by using a metal made prosthetic implant.
· 3D Image Guided Spine Surgery
This procedure provides surgeons with a real-time image before, during and after the surgery. An optical camera is placed in the operation theatre in order to receive signals from light emitting diode equipped instruments. The camera takes the image of the affected area from where extreme lower back pain is originating. Then sends the signals to the computer while the patient is going through surgery, so that the position of the instrument and the anatomy of the patient can be observed. This surgery follows a more minimally invasive procedure and prevents the healthy anatomy of the patient during the whole process of the surgery.
· Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
This technique is used as a common practice to treat extreme lower back pain through nerve decompression and fusion. Surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery because it does not involve a long incision, does not cause significant damage to the surrounded spinal muscles, while causing less pain and allowing the muscle to recover faster.
· Balloon Kyphoplasty for Spinal Fractures
This surgical treatment also comes under minimally invasive lower back treatment to repair spinal fractures caused due to osteoporosis or benign lesions. Patients usually are relieved of pain within one week of the surgery and are required to see their physicians after surgery for follow-up sessions.
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