Lumbar surgery treats issues with the lower back (lumbar spine). Common types include lumbar fusion and lumbar discectomy. Lumbar fusion permanently joins together two vertebrae.
Lumbar discectomy removes a damaged disc in the lower back and replaces it with an artificial disc.
If you’re having low back pain, the orthopedic experts at Dignity Health Southern California can help. Our board-certified surgeons, doctors, therapists, and nurses offer personalized diagnostic, surgical, and rehabilitation care, including many minimally invasive surgical options.
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When Do Doctors Recommend Lumbar Surgery?
Your doctor may recommend lumbar surgery for persistent leg, hip, or back pain due to:
What to Expect During Lower Back Surgery
Lumbar surgery involves either spinal or general anesthesia. You may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure, which often involves less pain, faster recovery, and a lower risk of complications than open back surgery.
Your surgeon will access your spine from the side, back, or front depending on the procedure. He or she will tell you the pros and cons of each option.
Recovering After Lumbar Surgery at Dignity Health Southern California
After lumbar surgery, you will spend time in the hospital. You may also need some time in a rehabilitation center before you can safely return home. Full recovery can take up to 12 weeks and will likely include physical therapy.
Talk to our orthopedic specialists at Dignity Health Southern California about the best options for solving your lower back pain and other symptoms. Dignity Health offers a wide range of orthopedic surgery and procedures, including lumbar surgery, in Southern California.