Micro Back Surgery
Micro Back Surgery Information
A quickly developing trend in the treatment of recurring back pain is micro back surgery. In previous years, surgery was primarily done by cutting straight into the back to relieve the stress and pressure in the affected nerve, muscles or blood vessels. With the introduction and refining of micro back surgery techniques, it is no longer necessary to cut a large wound to be able to deal with these conditions.
The practice of micro back surgery requires precise tools and extensive training for the attending surgeon but when done correctly, it does wonders without the stress associated with more invasive surgery procedures. Simply defined, micro back surgery involves cutting with small incisions into the back to remove a small section of the bone that is pressing on a nerve resulting in the recurring pain. This is done with the aid of small cameras and ultra-precise laser technology or even miniature scalpels. Over the last decade micro back surgery has been used to relieve countless back pain conditions in patients the world over.
Consider the following abbreviated description of a micro back surgery procedure.
1. First, small incisions measuring 1 to 1.5 inches are cut over the midline near the lower back area where the pain is commonly felt.
2. The back muscles are then “moved” to expose the spine. The anatomy of the back muscles makes the movement rather easy because the muscles run parallel to the spinal column.
3. The nerve root running through the area where pain is felt is exposed by cutting through the membrane that covers the spine.
4. The facet joint over the affected area is removed to relieve the pressure and allow the nerve to heal.
5. The muscle is put back into place to restore the anatomical layout of the lower back area.
A micro back surgery is typically not recommended as a first line of treatment against back pain; rather doctors recommend it for patients who have been in constant pain for at least six weeks and who have not felt any improvement despite other non-surgical efforts to address the problem such as oral medication and physical therapy. Likewise, doctors do not postpone micro back surgery for too long because studies have shown it is also not as effective if deferred for a period beyond three to six months.
Based on current medical data, micro back surgery success rates are in the order of 90% although there are recurring cases of back herniation. In these cases, micro back surgery requires a follow-thru procedure to give extra stability to the spinal column. This is a more invasive procedure and requires longer recovery time but generally works to fully relieve the condition.
Overall, micro back surgery is an important tool to treat back pain because it is generally effective and less invasive enough to facilitate faster recovery. When confronted with the decision to have back surgery to cure acute back pain, consider micro back surgery as a potential solution to your ills.