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What are the most common surgeries associated with Lumbago?

Lumbago, commonly known as lower back pain, is a prevalent condition that can range from mild discomfort to severely debilitating pain. While surgery is not typically the first line of treatment for lumbago, in some cases, it may be considered when conservative measures have failed to provide relief. The decision to undergo surgery is based on the specific underlying cause of the lower back pain and the severity of the symptoms.

Here are some of the most common surgical procedures associated with lumbago:

#1 Discectomy: A discectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove a herniated or damaged disc in the spine that is causing compression on the nerves. This procedure aims to relieve the pressure on the affected nerve roots and alleviate associated pain and symptoms.

#2 Spinal Fusion: Spinal fusion surgery involves joining two or more vertebrae in the spine to create stability and reduce pain. It is commonly performed to treat conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis (vertebral slippage), or spinal fractures. The procedure typically involves using bone grafts, metal rods, screws, or cages to immobilize the affected segment and promote fusion.

#3 Laminectomy: A laminectomy, also known as decompression surgery, involves the removal of the lamina, a part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal. This procedure aims to create more space within the spinal canal and relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. It is often performed to treat conditions such as spinal stenosis or spinal tumors.

#4 Microdiscectomy: Similar to a standard discectomy, a microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to remove a herniated disc that is pressing on the nerves. This procedure utilizes specialized instruments and a smaller incision, resulting in reduced tissue damage, quicker recovery, and less postoperative pain.

#5 Artificial Disc Replacement: In cases of degenerative disc disease, where a disc in the spine becomes worn or damaged, artificial disc replacement surgery may be considered. This procedure involves removing the damaged disc and replacing it with an artificial disc implant. The aim is to preserve motion and flexibility in the spine while alleviating pain and maintaining stability. It is important to note that surgery for lumbago is usually considered after conservative treatments, such as medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications, have been exhausted. The decision to undergo surgery should be made in consultation with a spine specialist or orthopedic surgeon, who will assess the individual’s condition and recommend the most appropriate surgical intervention based on the underlying cause of lumbago.


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