Spinal Surgery

Spinal surgery is a procedure to treat conditions affecting the spinal column and its surrounding structures. Here are some key points for patients to know about spinal surgery:

  1. Conditions treated: Spinal surgery can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including herniated disks, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spinal tumours, and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis.
  2. Types of surgery: There are several types of spinal surgery, including laminectomy, spinal fusion, and decompression surgery. The type of surgery will depend on the specific condition being treated.
  3. Preparation: Before surgery, patients may need to undergo tests and imaging to prepare for the procedure. They may also need to stop taking certain medications and make changes to their diet and lifestyle.
  4. Procedure: Spinal surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia and can take several hours, depending on the type and extent of the procedure.
  5. Recovery: After surgery, patients will need to rest and follow a specific rehabilitation program to help with their recovery. This may include physical therapy, pain management, and restrictions on activities.
  6. Risks and complications: As with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with spinal surgery, including medical complications, infection, bleeding, and nerve damage.

It’s important for patients to work closely with their healthcare team to understand their individual situation and the risks and benefits of spinal surgery. They should also discuss their expectations and any concerns they may have about the procedure and recovery.