When other forms of treatment fail and pain is chronic, spinal stenosis surgery may be the only option. This may be the last resort means of getting relief from your pain. Surgery for stenosis widens the spinal canal taking the pressure off the nerves and spinal cord.
Fully discuss spinal stenosis surgery risk with your doctor
This type surgical procedure has a high success rate and is generally free from complications. However, as with any surgery there are risks. These should be discussed with your family doctor and any specialists involved with your case. You should understand the surgery procedure, recovery and therapy prognosis.
Some of the common risks associated with this surgery are bleeding, blood clots, infection. Also, negative reactions to anesthetic are possible. These are not necessarily occurrences that will cause any long term problems. They are simply some of the more likely risks which are also typical of other types of surgery.
More serious risks associated specifically with the operation itself are damage to nerves, failure for bones to heal properly, and recurrences of the condition.
The common risks associated with stenosis surgery will display either during the surgery or soon after. Consequently these are easily resolved by the patient.
If the surgery has not gone well, some symptoms may resurface weeks or even months later. After the operation, keeping in touch with your doctor and keeping him or her informed of your progress is critical.
Spinal stenosis is generally a condition of the elderly. The condition may exist for year, but it’s over time with wear and tear that the symptoms present. Elderly people will by virtue of natural process be at a higher risk of developing a negative reaction to some part of the surgery.
Obese people also are at higher risk of various problems from the surgery. They will also be at more risk of developing other problems not directly caused by the surgery, but enhanced by it.
Preventive steps to avoid the risk of surgery
Proactively preventing surgery risk is always a “best idea”. Anyone allergic to any specific anesthetic should always inform the surgeon. If you have to get spinal stenosis surgery, and you smoke, cutting back a bit before the surgery is important. If your are diabetic or have any other medical condition, they should all be discussed thoroughly with your doctors before surgery.
With the limited risks of spinal stenosis surgery, statically, it is successful about 80% of the time. This means that it is completed with no negative effects, and it resolves the pain of the condition.
In summary, surgery should always be a last resort. In this case it works most of the time with minimal risk. In any case full discussion about the surgery with your doctor and family are well advised.