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Spinal Stenosis Surgery After Weighing The Risks

By Vern Zackerack

After all other non-invasive treatments for spinal stenosis, even including that of an uncalled for bulging disc treatment, the final option left is for spinal stenosis surgery. Horror of horrors. Nothing scares a patient more than the mere mention of a surgery. And I guess they are right in a misleading type of way. Surgery implies invasion and pain as well as recovery periods which may be painful.

When everything else fails, from physical therapy to bulging disc treatments, that’s the only time doctors will resort to spinal stenosis surgery. When there is already a threat of medicine addiction because higher dosages don’t work anymore, the doctor will broach this idea. The surgery can have its risks but it eases the excruciating back pain, which is what the patient wants.

First, if he hasn’t already done so, the doctor will put you through a battery of tests to pin point the exact location of the area affected and the specific vertebrae that are damaged. The damage can actually spread over several areas. The tests also allow the physicians to determine how narrow the spinal canal is and whether it is genetically inherited, or caused by another disease such as Paget’s , or if it’s simply old age.

Second, the risk factors involved in this kind of surgery are studied. If surgery could tear the membrane that covers the spinal cord or cause the brain to deteriorate or even injure a vein, then all pros and cons would be evaluated.

Third, the amount of damage itself is studied. The doctor may well choose to do selected surgery if there are large and small areas affected. They may well to just operate on the worst parts and see if there is improvement from there.

Fourth, is the sufferer in a good physiological state? If the patient is advanced in age or has bad health, the surgeon may well opt for another procedure, especially if it puts the patient’s life at risk. However, if the patient is otherwise healthy, then choices like anesthetics will be discussed.

Spinal stenosis surgery is a major procedure and recovery is definitely not swift. In fact, you may wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a car and wondering what made you say yes to the procedure in the first place. But recover you will, with the help of physical therapy, care, and a healthier lifestyle, you’ll soon be pain-free. And isn’t that exactly what you wanted, a spinal stenosis surgery that will end all that pain?

Vern Zackerack examines spinal disc problems at his site, Bulging-Disc-Treatment. Read more about spinal stenosis surgery and ruptured disc.

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Zackerack, Vern "Spinal Stenosis Surgery After Weighing The Risks." Spinal Stenosis Surgery After Weighing The Risks. 22 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 8 Sep 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/spinal-stenosis-surgery-after-weighing-the-risks/>.

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