Lumbar spine surgery is any type of surgery to the lower back or lumbar spine, between one or more vertebrae of the L1-S1 levels. There are two main types of lumbar spine surgery:
A number of factors come into play when considering the need for lumbar surgery: general health, the degree of pain or disability, non-surgical options if available, etc. A patient should always explore all options before surgery and consider if they are willing to do the physical therapy required after surgery. Surgery may be an option when a problem causes pain in a patient's leg that prevents doing everyday tasks.
That depends on the extent of surgery and a patient’s progress in therapy afterward. A comprehensive rehabilitation program is essential following most back surgeries. As flexibility is regained, the back and stomach muscles are reconditioned, and endurance for activity is increased, the chances of treatment success also increase.
A patient is only a good candidate for lumbar spine surgery if willing to commit to protracted physical therapy after surgery.
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