Am I a candidate for spine surgery?admin
Surgery should always be the last option when it comes to treating spinal conditions in the neck and back. However, if non-operative treatments are not successful over a 6-12 month period, then surgical treatment is appropriate for certain patients with specific conditions such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis or degenerative scoliosis. The decision for surgery should be individualized to the patient and the patient’s symptoms, along with their level of function.
Am I a candidate for spine surgery?
If you are having trouble engaging in any of the following daily activities, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.
- Pain while walking, standing for long periods of time, sleeping, etc.
- Neck pain that travels into the arms
- Low back pain that travels into the legs
- Failed neck or back surgery
Have you been diagnosed with a spinal condition?
- Herniated disc, degenerative disc disease (arthritis), scoliosis, compressed spinal cord or nerve root, spondylolisthesis and other common spinal conditions are able to be treated through a minimally invasive spinal procedure.
Have you attempted any of these treatments for 3 months and been unsuccessful?
- Physical therapy
- Pain management (steroid injections, pain medication)
- Spinal bracing
- Weight loss
If you have not found relief from nonsurgical therapies and pain has lasted longer than 3 months, then surgery should be considered. If you have undergone a previous spine procedure and still feel pain, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified physician. Dr. Singh has helped thousands of patients find relief from their chronic neck or back pain through minimally invasive surgical intervention.