Research studies have shown that patients who undergo simple spine surgery have the same long-term outcome as those patients who pursue a non-surgical approach.
iGenerally speaking, you should view spine surgery as a last resort, rather than your first option. We recommend trying non-surgical approaches first, and then rely on spine surgery if necessary. One of the most common, long-term types of back pain, for example, can occur as a result of spine surgery that does not go as planned. Patients who have less-than-ideal outcomes from spine surgery are referred to as "failed back surgery" patients. Sometimes these individuals have long term pain complications either from their initial problem, or from the surgery that was intended to correct the initial problem.