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Are There Risks to Spinal Decompression?

By Edited May 2, 2015 0 0

Spinal decompression is a less invasive method of relieving spinal pressure than open-spinal surgery.  Before we discuss any risks associated with spinal decompression, we will give it its due recognition.  If you are considering a surgical decompression of your spine, there have been millions who have benefited from the minor (procedurally) surgery.  Side effects of the surgery that are mentioned in this article are rare.  This information is not intended to scare you out of a potentially life saving procedure.  Aside from having an impact on the number of years you may live, you can also experience long term relief from pain.

The most common side effect to the spinal decompression is caused by the interference with critical  nerves or the spinal cord itself.  The most severe result of this mishap is paralysis.  Moderate discomfort that is caused by minimal damage to the nervous system may be numbness, either on the spine or in various parts of the body.

Pain is a common side effect to this minimally invasive surgery.  It is sometimes confused with a more serious condition.  While there is pain medication available to reduce the pain, it commonly persists quite heavily for the initial recovery time after your operation.

The nature of spinal surgery is a direct indication of what takes place.  There is a change made to the pressure on your spine.  This is done in a variety of ways.  One of the procedures used requires the insertion of 'hardware,' or metal braces to help fuse the segments of your spine together.  One rare side effect is the breaking or shifting of these braces prematurely.  This failure to a vertebrae that has not completed the fusion process is cause for a second surgery.   This side effect itself can lead to extreme pain, as a weak vertebrae is subject to shift.

It is important to note that this occurrence is extremely rare naturally.  Most reported cases of this tragedy were caused by external forces causing trauma to the recently operated spine.  Car wrecks, falls, and other unavoidable accidents have been mostly attributed to the cause of hardware failure.

Another potential side effect is transitional syndrome.  This is a case where the stress of your problem vertebrae for which you were originally seeking surgery was adopted by an adjacent vertebrae that causes more severe pain than before.  This side effect is most commonly caused by a fair mix of poor execution and natural reaction.  Although the process of transition can happen as a natural occurrence in the body, there are a fair amount of cases where the doctor's carelessness caused the action.

It is important to be completely aware of the history of possible complaints that have been logged against your prospective operating physician.  Any practitioner who has has multiple patient complaints should be avoided.  It is possible to find physicians who have very clean records of success.  Complaints against hospitals are a matter of public safety and are therefore accessible for public viewing.

There are other available resources online that should help you with your search to find the perfect doctor to perform your spinal decompression.

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