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Afraid of Spine Surgery – Seek a Second Opinion

Yorba Linda, Orange County, CA

Have you been told you need spine surgery? Do you fully understand your risks with undergoing spine surgery? Has your spine surgeon provided you ample information on the risks around spine surgery?

Neck or back problems are experienced at some time by many Americans and many patients receive recommendations for spinal surgery. If a physician tells you that you need spine surgery, it’s important to consider getting a second opinion. Patients often consider a second opinion if they initially felt pushed toward surgery right away, without leaving time to digest the diagnosis or do further research. They may also be put off by the long recovery period, risks of surgery, and high failure rates. Unfortunately, research suggests that 20 to 40 percent of back surgeries are not successful.[i]

Second Opinions On Spine Surgery

Second opinions are important because patients should make informed decisions and feel confident in what they choose. They’re also essential because in some cases, second opinions can drastically alter the course of treatment. For example, if you were told you needs spine surgery, a second opinion may recommend starting with a more conservative approach. Spinal surgery often results in a long recovery period and sometimes in paralysis. The length of recovery will vary depending on the person, how bad the condition was before surgery, and which type of surgery was being performed.

If you’ve been told you need spine surgery, but you’re hesitant or just want a second opinion, there is hope. You may want to learn more about nonsurgical treatment options. At Divine Spine Yorba Linda, our friendly experts in musculoskeletal care are available to offer second opinions based on consultation and x-rays or MRI information if needed. We use an Electronic Vertebral Alignment (EVA) system to treat neck and back pain. Our EVA treatment is a non-invasive procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain and discomfort and restore range of motion in the spine.

At Divine Spine we diagnose, treat, and help prevent musculoskeletal (bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints, and connective tissues) conditions and disorders and the effect they have on the nervous system. Divine Spine is your source for professional and effective spine-related services.

Back surgery might be an option if conservative treatments haven’t worked and your pain is persistent and disabling. Back surgery can relieve pain or numbness that goes down one or both arms or legs often caused by compressed nerves in your spine. However, here at Divine Spine, we have had tremendous success helping of our patients with numbness and tingling in the hands and feet through noninvasive treatments.

For example, our doctors have found that the one area that is typically overlooked is a compromise at the peripheral nerves, where they exit the spine. We have found that patients with a spinal subluxation (a joint that is either out of alignment or has restricted motion), also compromise the peripheral nerves at that area. Numbness and tingling in the hands is usually related to a subluxation in the cervical spine, (neck). The same symptoms in the feet can be caused by a subluxation in the lumbar spine, (low back). At Divine Spine, we strive to find the root cause of our patient’s numbness and tingling through our comprehensive exam process which includes digital x-rays of the neck and lower back region.

While back surgery may help relieve some causes of back pain, it’s rarely necessary and often risky. Before you agree to back surgery, consider getting a second opinion from a qualified spine specialist at Divine Spine Yorba Linda.

[i] https://www.asahq.org/whensecondscount/preparing-for-surgery/procedures/back-surgery/

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