Did you know spine surgery is an elective procedure? - KOTA Territory News

Did you know spine surgery is an elective procedure?

  1. The primary goal of treatment at The Spine Center is a return to function. Many people are misinformed and believe that spine surgery is the ONLY way to achieve this. Fact- there are twice as many spine surgeries performed in the United States compared to every other country in the world.
  2. In some cases, however, spine surgery is the best and most appropriate method of treatment. Patients that experience emergency symptoms, such as loss of control of their bowel or bladder, or weakness in a leg or arm, should not delay surgery in order to avoid permanent paralysis.
  3. The Spine Center has two spine-specialized surgeons who already receive the most complex cases of spine surgery from across South Dakota and surrounding states. Spine-specialized surgeons are the best option when spine surgery is necessary.
  4. The decision to undergo spine surgery should not be taken lightly. The criteria for surgery are specified by a written protocol. If a person displays red flag symptoms, like cauda equina or progressive neurological deficit, spine surgery is promptly recommended. However, spine surgery can often be delayed in order to give the patient an opportunity to recover without surgery.
  5. Those patients who ultimately require surgery often recover more quickly and easily, thanks to conservative pre-operative care.
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