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How Do I Know If I Need Spine Surgery?

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By Robert Watkins IV

Posted on August 27th, 2020 in Spine Center

Do I need spine surgeryIn the United States, over 700,000 people undergo spine surgery every year. However, not everyone with a spine problem needs surgery, as their symptoms may be successfully kept under control with physical therapy and medication such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Only if your symptoms are causing you great distress in your daily life and prevent you from performing even the simplest tasks surgery will be necessary. Similarly, if your treatment fails to alleviate the intensity of your symptoms, you may want to consider undergoing spine surgery, as it will provide you with immediate pain relief. Furthermore, surgery will also alleviate symptoms such as numbness and weakness in people who are struggling with a serious back problem.

If Your Symptoms Are Severe, You May Need Spine Surgery

The symptoms of a back problem are usually caused by compressed nerves in your spine, which may be the result of disc problems or overgrowth of bone. While you can live with the symptoms if they are mild, you may need to undergo surgery if they do not subside with regular treatment. Therefore, if your symptoms are preventing you from leading a normal life, you may be a good candidate for spine surgery. However, only after being thoroughly examined by a medical specialist you will know with certainty if you need to undergo spine surgery, as they will take into consideration every essential aspect, including the severity of your diagnosis, your health and your age.

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we perform a wide range of spine surgery and our surgeons have over 20 years of professional experience. If you need to undergo spine surgery, our medical experts will carefully evaluate your health to determine what the most effective and the safest procedure is for you. Oftentimes, people with spine problems qualify for minimally invasive surgery, which entails lower postoperative risks. The following are only some of the spine procedure we perform at our hospital:

Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Spine Surgery

If you were told by your doctor that you need to undergo spine surgery, the surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will perform the procedure you need in a warm and calm environment. Before the procedure, your health will be thoroughly assessed to ensure you are a good candidate and after the surgery, our medical team will constantly monitor your vital signs to avoid the risk of postoperative complications, which are rare with spine surgery. For additional information, please contact our hospital and we will gladly answer all your questions and address all your concerns.