In most patients with spinal stenosis, a laminectomy is all they need for relief. However, some conditions require something additional for best results: a fusion. I do this procedure at the same time as a laminectomy. Some of your own bone is harvested from a particular area on your pelvis that can spare it safely.
The vast majority of doctors deserve that trust. However, there have been numerous occasions where a patient will see me in the office and tell me that another doctor has recommended surgery. To be honest, I’m sometimes shocked at some of the explanations why surgery is recommended over conservative treatment.
Sometimes a patient and I will begin to discuss the option of surgery to help relieve his or her pain. At these times, a particular question will often pop up: “What about laser surgery?”
It is unfortunately not at all uncommon for me to see patients in my office who have had back surgery which either didn’t work at all, or which worked for a while and then pain returned later. It is a complicated topic, and there are several reasons why a back operation may not work.
Most people know that back surgery has a poor reputation for the number of times it fails. Almost everybody knows a relative or friend who had back surgery and who didn’t seem to get better or even got worse.
Often, when patients come to see me for their back pain, they are afraid that I’ll tell them they need surgery. Who are the people who need back surgery?
Dr. Lowell is trained in the latest minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques for treatment of low back complaints, including use of the iFuse Implant System® from SI-BONE®, Inc., a medical device company pioneering MIS sacroiliac (SI) joint treatment.