Dr. J Bradley White discusses some of the surgical options for spinal disease.
The most common surgical operations we perform for individuals that need surgery for back or neck pain include what we call a Microdisectomy. That is where we remove the small disc component that is protruding and sticking into a nerve root.
We also might perform what we call a Lumbar Decompression or a Cervical Decompression, which is removal of bone off of the back of the spinal canal. The purpose of that procedure is to provide room for the nerve so that when they pass through they are unimpeded by bone or by ligament.
Back and spine surgery have changed and evolved dramatically over the last ten to fifteen years. Historically, most patients that had a back surgery were bed-bound for several days to many weeks. They were often required to wear braces for long periods of time. Currently, our techniques have evolved such that patients are up and walking the night of surgery. They rarely are required to wear braces and we like to see them moving and as mobile as possible in the days following surgery. Recovery times are shorter because operations are now shorter and much less invasive, compared to those surgeries performed just five or ten years