In an ideal world, all spinal issues would be able to be treated with simple, non-surgical options like physical therapy, regular exercise and appropriate medication. Unfortunately, there are many spinal conditions or injuries that may require surgery to properly alleviate chronic pain, prevent further complications or even save the patient’s life.
Conditions that may become serious and require surgery include:
- Spinal tumors
- Vertebral fractures
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Severe scoliosis
Types of spinal surgeries that may be performed include:
-Discectomy: removal of the herniated portion of a disc
-Spinal fusion (cervical or lumbar): permanent fusion of vertebrae, commonly used following discectomy or to correct severe scoliosis
-Implantation of artificial discs: an alternative to fusion that allows the patient to maintain normal spine/neck motion
-Laminectomy: removal of bone over the spinal canal, performed to relieve pressure on nerves
The type of spinal surgery used to correct a given condition should be determined on a case-by-case basis, starting with an appropriate evaluation and diagnosis followed by a thorough exploration of appropriate surgical options with one’s doctor. If you are in the process of choosing a surgical procedure for your neurological issue(s), it is important to maintain an open line of communication with your doctor(s), and ask any questions you may have. Proper communication and an open mind to various options can help ease the decision-making process. An experienced neurosurgeon like Dr. Neece will be careful to recommend not only the most appropriate procedure to correct the problem at hand, but also to fit the patient’s particular needs and level of fitness. What is best for one individual may carry significantly more risk for another.
Dr. Stephen R. Neece is a board certified neurological surgeon, with a strong education and a history of professionalism and expertise. If you are seeking a spinal surgeon in the Frisco, TX area for a condition or injury, contact our clinic for more information or to make an appointment to discuss your options with Dr. Neece one-on-one.