A lot of people suffer from back pain; however, surgery is one of the last options to be explored. There are advantages and disadvantages to surgery, of course, and a couple of the disadvantages are the cost of the surgery and the possible risks. You have to look at quite a few variables before deciding whether or not to get back surgery, and we’ll be covering some of the most important ones in this article.
The first thing anyone facing any type of surgery should do is get a second opinion from another surgeon. Nowhere is this advice more appropriate than when considering back surgery. Most surgeons will not recommend you have back surgery unless they really feel it is the only viable alternative and, even then, they will probably still be able to give you some alternative treatment options. Other treatment choices are, as a rule, available with the exception of the need to operate in an emergency situation. Nevertheless, always let your surgeon know that you would like to get a second opinion before agreeing to have back surgery. What you want to find out is any alternative therapies that are available. Also, you should ask for a comparison of any potential alternatives – the pros and cons – to the back surgery. Unfortunately, some surgeons believe that the best treatment is to operate.
Have you ever considered the long-term prospects of what may happen if you do or do not give back surgery? The severity of your injury and what needs to be done, should also be factored in. However, for certain conditions, such as sciatica, studies show that the benefits gained from back surgery are not long lasting. Most of the time, the procedure used for this condition only provides comfort for less than a year. This type of surgery does not provide permanent relief and is also extremely expensive, should be considered with great care. It is important that you research the different types of back surgery to know what you’re looking at. Researched the success levels of the different surgeries and how long the effects actually last.
The cost of surgery is a huge roadblock for those that actually want to do it. Specifically, back surgery is really costly. The cost of back surgery is very high and can be attributed to additional procedures associated with it. If your back surgery does not go well, and you have to stay in the hospital longer, the cost of the procedure will skyrocket.
The cost of staying away from your job also adds up. No paycheck means no cash. Depending on how the surgery goes, the doctor may recommend physical therapy to get you up and running. The financial implications are also worthy of your consideration as they directly impact your livelihood from day-to-day. Our best advice is to spend some time weighing the pros and cons of back surgery before you make a final decision. This is not something you want to take lightly. You certainly shouldn’t schedule this kind of procedure until you have all the relevant facts, and in this article we’ve only had room to discuss a few of the major issues. Another question is to ask if surgery has actually produced positive results for people who have the same back pain problem that afflicts you.