Have you recently seen a spine specialist who recommended spine fusion surgery? Did you walk away from the appointment asking yourself, do I need a fusion, and are there alternative, less invasive surgeries? You may be confused with the pain’s diagnosis and cause and seeking a second or third opinion to confirm or change treatment plans.
If you are seeking an alternative to spine fusion surgery, these are a few options that you might want to explore. Living with back or neck pain can substantially affect your quality of life, sleep, work, and ability to be physically active. Choosing to have spine surgery can be difficult, especially spine fusion. Many things weigh into the decision-making process, such as: “I am not sleeping well at night because of the pain” or “how long will I be out of work due to spine fusion surgery?”
Our spine is the critical musculoskeletal organ in our body, supporting us in every movement we make. Thus, when structures within our spine malfunction or cause discomfort, it can have widespread effects. Since chronic lower back pain is one of the most common complaints among the general population, with an estimated 60 to 80% of people dealing with it at some point in their lives, it’s a critical issue to address. One effective solution to the travails of chronic low back pain is endoscopic rhizotomy.
Learn more about this innovative and minimally invasive spine surgery in this article!