Sometimes pain management techniques and non-surgical treatments aren’t enough to help you alleviate your back pain. If you’ve been living with chronic back pain and have found less-invasive treatments to be ineffective, your spine specialist may recommend back surgery. To make your experience as comfortable as possible, it’s important that you become familiar with your back surgery options.
The cause of your back pain:
Even if an MRI or X-ray image reveals a structural problem with your spine, such as a herniated disc, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your pain is a result of that particular problem. Back injuries and disorders often present with referred pain, so pinpointing the source is crucial. In an effort to both relieve pain noninvasively and to diagnose the cause, your spine specialist is likely to recommend exercise, strength training, physical therapy, or medication before resorting to surgery. Before you undergo any surgical procedure, you need to trust that your surgeon has successfully identified the cause of your back pain.
The qualifications of your surgeon:
One of the best ways to feel confident in your neurosurgeon’s ability to alleviate your pain is to read up on his qualifications. You can visit your future surgeon’s website to learn about his experience in the field, the number of patients he has treated, and whether or not this is a significant part of his practice.
The questions your surgeon will ask:
Before surgery, your surgeon will ask you a series of questions about your medical history. In order to thoroughly answer these inquiries during your appointment, you can prepare all information about your medical history while you’re at home, write this information on a piece of paper, and bring it to your surgical consultation.
Dr. Gary Kraus of Kraus Back and Neck Institute is a leading neurosurgeon in the Houston area with more than 17 years of experience. Our office provides comprehensive spinal care service, including pain management techniques. Learn more about our state-of-the-art treatment options by calling (888) 816-8954.