The Pros and Cons of Back Pain Surgery

Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine AssociatesAre you wondering if back pain surgery is right for you? Many people ponder this question. Some decide to have surgery and others don’t. There are good things about having surgery and difficult ones, and only you can decide which option will be best, given the particulars of your circumstances. It can be a hard decision to make, but putting time and effort into it will help ensure that you are happy with your decision for years to come.

There are many great things about back pain surgery. If you have been struggling with your pain for a long time or you feel like you’ve tried everything and you still hurt, back pain surgery can be a great option. If you have taken medication, gone through physical therapy, worked with a chiropractor, and more, and you still hurt, then you should definitely consider back pain surgery next.

Most back pain surgery is covered by your health insurance, so it shouldn’t cost you very much to have the procedure done. Of course, this can be relative, but the truth is that you should be able to put the cost of your surgery against your deductible, even if you do have to pay.

Back pain surgery is also effective for treating many conditions. Sure, there are always cases where a procedure doesn’t work right, but the truth is that many of these surgeries reduce pain in over 90% of cases. You may not end up pain-free, but if you can get back to your normal life then the hassle of surgery will be worth it.

Of course, there are downsides to back pain surgery, too. You always run risks when you have a surgical procedure. You might get an infection that will be difficult to get rid of. You may have to spend a lot more time on medical procedures and appointments than you really want to. You may also end up in worse shape than you were in before your surgery, at least until the infection runs its course.

Because back pain surgery often involves your nerves, you risk nerve damage or pain after your surgery. This can be very minor – so minor that you barely notice it. It can also majorly disrupt your life.

Back pain surgery may also not work for you. Even though it tends to be successful, you may be one of the people who find that it doesn’t work for them. If this happens, then you’ve gone through the whole process for nothing.

Fortunately, side effects like these are very rare. You do need to know that they exist and that they are serious when they come up, but you should also know that most people don’t deal with them at all.
You are the only person who can decide if back pain surgery is right for you. Be sure you weigh the pros and cons so you can make a good decision. No matter what you decide, we hope that you are on the road to complete wellness as soon as possible.