Before undergoing spine surgery, patients often have a variety of questions for their surgeon. Below is a list of questions our spine surgeons are commonly asked by patients. The surgeons at the Spine Surgery Center of Excellence put patient care as their number one priority. We use the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques in order to provide patients with less pain and quicker recovery. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an orthopedic surgeon?
A: Orthopedic surgeons treat injuries and illnesses that affect some part of the musculoskeletal system. They use both surgical and nonsurgical methods to treat degenerative diseases, sports injuries, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. Some orthopedic surgeons choose to specialize in disorders of the spine.
Q: Where is my pain coming from?
A: Our spine is a remarkable combination of rigid bones, flexible ligaments and tendons, large muscles, and sensitive nerves. We often take the support that it gives us for granted until something goes wrong and causes pain in the back or limbs. This pain can be associated with any of the structures of the spine, including:
- Irritation of large nerve roots that lead to the arms and legs
- Irritation of tiny nerves that transmit signals within the spine
- Strained back muscles that are connected to the spine
- Injury or degeneration of the vertebral bones and joints within the spine
- Degeneration of the disc space between bones in the spine
Your surgeon will help determine which structure of your spine is initiating the pain. Once the source of pain is found, your Los Angeles spine surgeon can develop advanced treatment options based on your condition.
Q: When should I seek a spine specialist for my back pain?
A: Many people with spine and back pain find that their symptoms become more severe or prolonged if left untreated. Not all spine conditions require surgery, but you should seek consultation from an orthopedic spine surgeon if any of the following apply to you:
- Numbness of arms, leg, feet, groin, or rectal areas
- Pain in back caused by an injury such as a car crash
- Pain is limiting your mobility or ability to sleep
- Have trouble urinating or controlling bowels
- Pain seems to stay the same or get worse over time
Q: How effective is minimally invasive spine surgery?
A: Minimally invasive spine surgery is extremely effective at minimizing pain from the surgical incision and speeding up recovery time. In traditional surgery, the muscles and tendons in the back must be cut and stripped away in order to access the spine. Non invasive spine surgery techniques delicately spread the muscle fibers apart and avoid exposing large regions of the spine. As a result, hospitalization period following the procedure can be reduced from several days to 6 hours in some cases. Additionally, minimally invasive spine surgery allows patients to return to normal activities much faster than traditional surgery because less of the surrounding tissue around the surgery site needs to be repaired.
Q: What makes La Peer’s spine treatment program unique?
A: La Peer Health Systems offers a world-class team of medical and surgical specialists to treat our patients. Our patients experience excellent results because of the personal care we offer within a safe and controlled environment. Our facility features a multi-million dollar center, the most advanced technology available and a first-class support staff. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to make our patients the top priority and be with them every step of the way.
Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding our services please contact our La Peer Surgery Center at (888) 564-1419.
Q: What are the different types of spinal surgery available?
A: There are a number of different spinal surgery procedures that can be done. Spinal fusion is a procedure that fuses two or more vertebrae together. Foraminotomy relieves compression on nerves by cutting out bone and tissue. Lumbar disc replacement removes damaged lumbar disc and replaces them with artificial implants. Discectomy is a procedure used to remove a herniated spinal disc. Spinal decompression is a procedure done to stretch the spine.
Q: What if I have questions or concerns about spine health?
A: Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding our services please contact our La Peer Surgery Center at (888) 564-1419.