Surgery for the Spine
The human spine is one of the integral parts of the human body. Body movements and functions are directly associated with the spine. The spinal column is consisted of different delicate parts. Inside the spinal canal is the spinal cord. Any defects or irregularities in the spine should be corrected with a special type of surgery.
The spine’s different components also have their own natural curvatures. There are four vital regions in the spine that define the curvature. In medical terms, these regions are termed as pelvic, lumbar, cervical, and thoracic. The pelvic and thoracic curvatures are already formed in the early stages of childhood; thus, they are called the primary regions of the spine. The lumbar and cervical curves are called the secondary curvatures as they only form later in childbirth.
In many cases, a patient who is suffering from severe back pain also has abnormalities in some regions of his or her spine. A patient can choose different treatment methods in treating his or her spinal abnormalities. Correcting the spine does not necessarily mean the patient has to undergo surgical treatment. Oftentimes, medications are recommended to reduce the pain of the patient. If the symptoms are recurring or if things are getting worse, the patient will already be advised to undergo spinal surgery.
Patients who undergo spinal surgeries should not worry about getting negative outcome in their treatment. Most physicians would require their patients to do certain activities before undergoing a spinal surgery.
Aligning the spine to its correct form is the main purpose of spinal surgery. Proper tension must be given in every part of the spinal surgery in order to prevent damages to the spine that might worsen the issue. The physician would first inspect the spine of the patient before undergoing the procedure.
Spinal surgeries are only performed by orthopaedic surgeons or neurosurgeons. Spinal surgery is done for several reasons and these can be categorized into three. It decompresses the root nerve in the spinal column. Any area of the spine that produces pain can be stabilized through spinal surgery. And lastly, spinal surgery corrects deformity which cannot be done through other kinds of medical treatment.
Before, spinal surgery is something that no medical professional could perform. Before, it takes several weeks before a patient can recover from the surgery and the cure is not guaranteed. Today, spinal surgeries are non-invasive and completely safe through the use of modern technology.
It would only take a few days before the patient can fully recover from modern spinal surgery. Aside from that, small incisions are only made to perform the procedure.