Non-surgical and surgical treatment options
Reducing most back pain symptoms doesn’t require surgery. You can use nonsurgical means and experience successful results. Sometimes, identifying and stopping any activity that is causing your back pain for a few weeks is enough to alleviate minor back pain problems.
Physicians who specialize in non-operative spine care use medication, physical therapy and interventional procedures to help reduce pain and get back to your normal routine.
“Non-operative spine physicians work very closely with the spine surgeons in the same clinic,” explains OrthoIndy spine surgeon, Dr. Kevin O’Neill. “It is not uncommon for them to walk down the hall with an X-ray, knock on the door and have an immediate discussion about treatment options.”
If back surgery is necessary, pain management spine physicians can assist with back pain treatment options during the interim.
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Surgical emergencies for back pain are extremely rare, but they can occur. If you experience a medical emergency such as loss of bowel and/or bladder control or if you develop progressive weakness or numbness in your legs, please make an appointment to see a spine specialist right away.
When is back surgery a good idea?
In most cases, surgery is considered only when you’ve gone through all the nonoperative treatment options and you haven’t had significant or lasting improvement. Deciding on surgery often has to do with pain levels, the amount of disability, the length of time you’ve been in pain and what treatments you’ve already tried.
Elective back surgery is always your choice. But, some back pain problems will only get better with surgery. Your back doctor will work with you to make sure you make an informed and educated decision.
“If we can look a patient in the eye and say that this surgery is the only way to lead a painfree life, then that is the conversation we want to have,” shares OrthoIndy spine surgeon, Dr. Greg Poulter. “We want to replace fear and lack of understanding with a clear communication about treatment goals and a plan for getting better.”
Spine surgery is recommended to treat the following conditions:
Nerve or spinal cord compression: When your spinal cord or nerves are compressed, it can cause pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, loss of coordination or balance, and even trouble with bowel and/or bladder function.
Instability: Lower back instability often results from fractures or the degeneration or aging of your spine. Your spine surgeon may have to make your spine unstable in order to relieve pressure on the nerves.
Spine deformities: When your spine loses its normal shape, the result may be scoliosis or kyphosis. Surgery is sometimes used to restore the alignment of the spine.
Back and neck surgeries performed at OrthoIndy
OrthoIndy Spine Robotics Program
OrthoIndy Hospital was the first facility in Indiana to add the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System to its hospital. The Mazor X Robotic Guidance System combines pre-operative planning tools and analytics with intra-operative guidance, giving OrthoIndy spine surgeons advanced spinal surgery options.
Right now, OrthoIndy spine surgeons are using the Stealth Edition of the Mazor X Robot. As one of first five sites in the world to be using this edition, OrthoIndy offers a fully-integrated procedural solution for surgical planning, workflow, execution and confirmation for back surgery patients.
Hospitals choose the Mazor X System to provide surgeons with pre-operative assessment of a patient and intra-operative trajectory precision when treating that patient. As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimally invasive techniques, and this is where the Mazor X System can deliver its greatest technological benefits.
Surgery with Mazor Robotics technology provides increased safety and precision for a wide variety of spine procedures, and in some cases, allows for minimally-invasive surgery.
If you are one of the many that suffer from a debilitating spinal condition or back pain, you may be a candidate for spine surgery with the Mazor X Robotic Guidance System.
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