If you suffer from chronic back pain after a car or slip and fall accident, physical therapy and medication may not be enough to give you relief. If your pain is debilitating and limits your day-to-day activities or prevents you from working, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the person or business responsible for your injuries.
Back surgery is usually the last option to consider because it involves major risks, and recovery can be long. But if you still experience pain after six to twelve months of other treatments, you may find back surgery helpful.
Five Options for Back Surgery
There are a number of different back surgeries, and you need to discuss them with your doctor to determine the best type for your condition. Types of back surgery include:
- Discectomy. This surgery is done to remove the herniated portion of disk material that is pressing on a nerve or the spinal cord and causing pain. As part of the surgery, a portion of the affected vertebrae may also be removed to allow access to the herniated disk.
- Laminectomy. This surgery involves removing bone overlaying the spine to enlarge the spinal canal. The purpose of the procedure is to relieve nerve pressure caused by spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spine that cause pressure on the nerves and spinal cord and pain for the victim. Trauma from a fall or car accident can cause this condition.
- Fusion. This surgery involves permanently connecting two or more bones in the spine and can relieve pain by creating more spinal stability after a fracture.
- Artificial disks. This surgery involves implanting artificial disks rather than performing a spinal fusion. The diseased disk is removed and replaced with a new one to preserve motion and improve patient function. It is a relatively new procedure that is only an option for certain people.
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty. These surgeries are performed to relieve compression fractures of the spine and involve stabilizing the broken bone with a cement-like substance. These surgeries are not used often because some fractures will heal on their own.
If you have suffered a back or spinal injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the person or business that caused your accident. We encourage you to fill out our online form for a free consultation to learn how we can help you.