The spinal column is made up of a series of bones that are known as the vertebra. It stretches
from the base of the skull to the pelvic region. Within this column is the spinal cord, which
serves to relay messages to and from the nerves to the brain.
To keep the vertebra from rubbing against each other, discs come between each bone. They also act
as shock absorbers. An issue with these disks may cause discomfort or pain. The most frequent
site for these types of problems is the lumbar region, which is commonly referred to as the
If we diagnose that your complaints emanate from the discs in the lumbar vertebra, we may
recommend lumbar disc surgery or discectomy. In most cases, surgery is carried out if other
interventions fail to produce the desired results in set time frame.
You should consult with your doctor about having lumbar disc surgery if your symptoms are so
Your doctor may discover one of the following conditions that could make you a candidate for lumbar
Spinal fusion creates one bone out of two by a process like welding. This limits the movement
that caused pain.
Lumbar decompression is the removal of a bit of bone to relieve pressure on the nerve, allowing
it to heal. Common types of decompression are microdiscectomy and laminectomy.
Infections are rare after surgery. It usually occurs in the incision area, but sometimes it can
go deeper and spread to other sections. If your surgical wound becomes hot, red, inflamed, and
takes longer to heal, it has an infection. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat the
Risks associated with anesthesia; most surgical procedures require anesthesia before the
procedure can be carried out. The most common type is local anesthesia. It is usually
administered by injecting the drug around the surgical area to make it numb. However, if the
surgery is extensive and more complex, general anesthesia is used.
With general anesthesia, you are put to sleep completely during the whole process through
intravenous lines. Most spinal surgeries require general anesthesia, and some people might
develop problems with it. This could be due to reactions from the drugs used or even from other
underlying medical conditions. Before going for surgery, make sure to discuss potential
complications with the anesthesiologist.
Complications may include:
Before the surgery, you can take several steps to make sure the process goes more smoothly.
After your surgery, there are many steps you should take to ensure your recovery is smooth and
Our orthopedic specialists, Dr. Hessing, Dr.
Applonie, and Dr. Johnson, are here to help if you are in pain
from an injury or dealing with a chronic condition.