Disc Surgery Options

Disc Surgery Options

When it comes to disc surgery there are many options and it will need a lot of discussions with the surgeon to decide which is going to be best.  Surgery will always be the last option and when you do go under the knife you will know that everything else has been tried.  It is possible to have different degrees of surgery and you should be told about the different disc surgery options when you have a meeting with the surgeon.  By this time it will be clear that surgery is the only thing that is going to work so all that is left to do is to make the decision about the procedure you are most comfortable with and from which you will gain the most benefit.

Fears Regarding Disc Surgery Options

One main fear will be the risk of damage to the spine that could lead to more serious problems. A worst case scenario will be paralysis as there is the risk that the nerve will be damaged and the pain is going to be permanent. If the operation is a bulging disc in the lower back then this will be a risk with regards to the legs. The nerves are located around the spine so any slight slips or mistakes could mean that the nerves are permanently damaged and there maybe lifelong pain and weakness in the legs.

With bulging disc surgery there are some cases when there will be an operation right away rather than looking for a non-invasive way to deal with the problem. This will be when the problems are surrounding the bowel and bladder and are causing a lack of control. Here the disc surgery options will be less about what is the easiest and which one you want but which will do the most to stop the problems being caused to your bowel and bladder. Weaknesses in the arms and legs will also lead to immediate surgery as this can indicate that there is a limited amount of pressure that the nerve can stand already being forced onto it.

Two Disc Surgery Options

The two main types of surgery will be to either remove the bulging disc or to remove the entire disc and then fuse together the two vertebrae. This needs to be done as they would just rub together if they were left un-fused.

The bad news is the fact that neither of these two procedures are likely to be an ideal answer to the problem. They can be high risk and less than 20% of the operations carried out can be said to be totally successful. The joints around the vertebrae that have been fused have additional pressure put on them and so they then weaken and eventually the entire spine will be weakened.

The best that can be hoped for when part of the disc is removed is that there will be five years of relief. There can also be scar tissue and this is not easy to live with.