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When is it Time to Consider Spine Surgery?

When to consider Spine Surgery

When neck or back pain becomes unbearable, there are many pain management treatment options to try when seeking relief. But when do you know if the best solution may be a surgical one?

While surgery is often considered as a last resort, it is important for back and neck pain sufferers to know when it’s the right time to consider spine surgery and which procedure is ideal for your condition.

Reasons to Consider Surgery

Knowing when it’s time to consider surgery can be different for each individual. Whether it’s physical symptoms pushing you to the edge or the diagnosis of a spine condition, knowing common factors to consider spine surgery can help in your own evaluations.

  • Change in Pain Levels
    Pain levels can change in many ways. From progressively worsening or increasing in intensity to expanding to different portions of the body or becoming chronic and lasting extended length of time – any change should be discussed with your doctor as a potential sign of a condition that may need surgical treatment. If the pain begins to disrupt your ability to complete daily functions or impedes on your quality of life, considering surgery as a treatment option, can help restore your health.


  • Spine Condition Diagnosis
    If the cause of your back or neck pain has been identified as an underlying spine condition, it is important to understand the severity your unique case and whether or not it is degenerative. Degenerative spine conditions continuously worsen or become more painful over time, making surgery a considerable option for correcting deteriorating conditions. Additionally, if your condition is the result of an injury, a spine surgeon may need to intervene to best address trauma to the spine.


  • No Relief from Conservative Treatments
    For neck and back pain sufferers, there are many conservative or nonsurgical pain management options to explore with your doctor, such as at-home remedies, physical therapy, medications, and injections. But if your pain is so severe it does not relent after several weeks of trying these conservative methods, surgery may be the key to longer lasting relief. While conservative methods typically only offer options to manage the pain, surgery can be considered to address the root of the problem and resolve the pain for longer lasting results.
  • Pain After Surgery
    For patients who have had undergo back surgery but continue to feel pain, corrective minimally invasive surgery may be considered after an evaluation with a spine surgeon. A certain amount of pain and discomfort can be expected in the first few days following surgery, but pain persisting past a normal recovery period can be signs of a condition called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or post-laminectomy syndrome. In these cases, considering a follow-up procedure to reduce pain and resolve any remaining issue can be the right solution.

Next Steps in Consideration

If you are experiencing any symptom or situation that leads you to consider surgery, the next step is to talk to your doctor. A full consultation and evaluation will help you and your physician find the best choice for your health and future. It is important to understand all of your options for surgery, including traditional “open” back methods and the latest in minimally invasive techniques.

Your doctor can be your guide through all the details surrounding your surgical options, but always remember it is important to get a second opinion especially when considering surgery.


At Q Spine Institute, we understand your lifestyle and make it our top priority to give our patients the best care possible and return their quality of life to them. If you or a loved one are experiencing neck, leg, or back pain, please contact the Q Spine team at (732) 660-8942 or request a free phone consultation today.


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