Lumbar Spine Surgery
Lumbar spine surgery may be indicated for a number of disorders of the lower spine. Symptoms may include of pain, weakness and impaired mobility. Underlying causes may be age, injury or disease such as arthritis creating herniation of the discs between vertebrae, with resultant pressure on the spinal nerves.
You may be a candidate for surgery if:
- Conservative therapy such as medication and physical therapy does not help relieve symptoms
- Symptoms involving the nerves in your legs are progressing
- You begin to experience difficulty with balance or walking
Several different surgical procedures can be done by your orthopedic surgeon to relieve pressure on your spinal nerves. In some cases, spinal fusion may also be performed to improve stability of your cervical spine.
After surgery, your surgeon will give you specific instructions on when you can resume normal activities such as driving, exercising and returning to work. In some cases, patients also need to undergo a period of rehabilitation or physical therapy to help restore more normal function.