Back, neck, and spine surgery can address conditions related to normal aging or traumatic injury. Two of the more common back surgeries remove portions of the vertebrae (laminectomy) or a bulging spinal disc (discectomy). This relieves pain and restores the function of your back, legs, and feet.
If you are dealing with back or neck pain, talking to a specialist at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican is the first step in the right direction. We can help you determine the right treatment for your needs, including back, neck, and spine surgery in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV. Find an orthopedic surgeon near you or call (702) 616-4900.
Do I need back, neck, or spine surgery?
Our orthopedic surgeons perform back, neck and spine surgery to relieve pain and correct structural problems of the spinal column. These conditions can occur due to aging or trauma.
Your doctor might suggest spine surgery to treat:
- Sudden incontinence of urine or stool
- Back or neck pain that hasn’t responded to more conservative treatments
- Bulging or collapsed spinal discs
- Narrowing of the spinal canal due to osteoarthritis
- Numbness and tingling in the legs or arms due to spinal nerve irritation
- Traumatic injuries of the vertebrae
What to expect from back, neck, & spine surgery
Your back, neck, or spine surgery will take place at Dignity-Health St. Rose Dominican's San Martin or Siena hospital, if an overnight stay is necessary. However, some surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis at ambulatory surgical centers. Anesthesia will keep you comfortable during surgery. You might receive general anesthesia to make you sleep through the procedure or moderate sedation to make you drowsy.
In general, your surgeon will make an incision to expose the spine and then remove or trim tissue as needed. Your procedure may require the placement of screws, pins, cages, or other structures to support your spine. These instruments will remain in your back for the rest of your life. Depending on the specific surgery, it might take two to four hours or even longer.
Back, neck, or spine surgery carries certain risks, including nerve damage. You and your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits before the procedure.
Back, neck, & spinal surgery recovery
You will receive detailed instructions about activity level, medications, and follow-up appointments before you go home. You may need to restrict your activity level or wear a brace after surgery. However, you probably will be encouraged to walk frequently. This helps minimize the chance of developing a blood clot in your legs. You should report any unusual symptoms, such as fever or excessive bleeding.
After living with the pain of a bad back for a long time, many patients experience great relief soon after having back, neck, or spine surgery.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican's San Martin and Siena hospitals provide back, neck, and spine surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV as part of our advanced orthopedic procedures.