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What are the alternatives to open back surgery?

Orthopaedic Surgery Sport Medicine
My mother suffers from disc degeneration with protrusion of the disc. She’s afraid of an open surgery. Are there any minimally invasive treatment options that she can consider?
DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)
Thanks for your question. This is certainly an important one to ask when considering undergoing an operation.
 
The type of surgery that she requires will depend on the following what she needs to have done and what the surgeon is able to offer you. Most surgeons will use the least invasive route possible to limit the amount of potential damage to the surrounding tissue.
 
If a minimally invasive option is available, this should be offered provided:
  1. You are able to afford it financially
  2. Your hospital can provide it for you (some centres may provide more specialised services than others)
Ultimately if surgery is required then it is - nevertheless this should only be considered if all non-surgical options have been considered and faithfully tried.
 
This includes physiotherapy, guided spinal injections, acupuncture, analgesia etc. If all have failed to alleviate symptoms and no other option is available, then it should not be delayed.
 
How this helps.
 
Bw
Dr Dinesh 
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