What are the Surgical Options for Lower Back Pain?
For many patients experiencing pain of the lower back, legs and feet, conservative treatments will help relieve the symptoms of lumbar disc degeneration or injury. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy, rest, painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications. Some doctors may prescribe electrical stimulation, too. If these first line of treatments fail and your lower back pain persists, then your doctor may suggest surgical options:
- Lumbar Disc Fusion or spinal fusion is a surgical procedure where the damaged spinal disc is removed to reduce spinal cord and/or nerve pressure. Following disc removal, the lumbar vertebrae on either side of the disc space are joined together in a process called spinal fusion.
- Artificial Lumbar Disc Replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing the damaged spinal disc to relieve symptoms of pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the lower back, legs and feet. Following the removal of the lumbar disc and any bony materials compressing or pinching the spinal cord and/or nerves, an artificial disc is implanted in its place. This implant is designed to restore proper spacing between the vertebrae, relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, and preserve motion at the treated level.