Lumbar surgery refers to any type of surgery in the lumbar spine, or lower back, between one or more of the L1-S1 levels. Spine surgery may be recommended if non-surgical treatment such as medications and physical therapy fails to relieve symptoms. Surgery is only considered in cases where the exact source of pain can be determined—such as a herniated disc, scoliosis, or spinal stenosis. Spinal Fusion. Spinal fusion is the most common surgery for back pain. In a spinal fusion, a surgeon joins spinal bones, called vertebrae, together. This restricts motion between the bones of the spine. Fusion also limits the stretching of nerves. When surgery is done near the spine and spinal cord, these complications can be very serious. Complications could involve subsequent pain and impairment and the need for additional surgery. Depending on the specific type of surgery, there may be some activities that the surgeon may ask you to avoid. Typically after a lumbar spinal fusion, patients are asked to avoid bending, lifting heavy objects, and twisting motions.
Related Journals of Spine Surgery
Surgery: Current Research, Journal of Universal Surgery, Journal of Surgery [Jurnalul de Chirurgie], Journal of Vascular Medicine & Surgery, Spine Research, International Journal of Spine Surgery, Seminars in Spine Surgery, The Journal of Spinal Surgery, British Journal of Neurosurgery, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine