Back Surgery Risks & Alternative Treatments
Back pain can be a result of a herniated disc, pinched nerve, or other condition. There are surgical solutions to back pain, but they carry risks including blood clots, complications relating to anesthesia, and infection. Dr. Mark Williams and the team at Texas Injury Clinic in Fort Worth, TX, can provide physical therapy and treatment using our state-of-the-art DRX-9000™ spinal decompression technology to avoid back surgery risks and help you achieve lasting relief.
Reasons for Undergoing Back Surgery
Back pain may be due to compressed nerves resulting from surrounding tissues exerting too much pressure. In the back or neck, a pinched nerve is often due to a bulging disc, also known as a ruptured or herniated disc. In some cases, surgery may be recommended.
Back pain can take a significant toll on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are solutions other than surgery that involve many fewer risks.
Modern diagnostics and surgical techniques make back surgery a relatively safe procedure. However, surgery always carries some degree of risk. Risks associated with back surgery include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Nerve damage resulting in incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pain, and other complications
Patients receiving an implant may also face a risk of hardware fracture, malfunction, or migration (movement of the implant to an improper position). Among fusion patients, nonunion (failure of the bones to heal as planned) can occur, creating the need for revision surgery.
Certain factors can increase your risk of surgical complications, such as age, smoking, and other medical conditions. We offer alternative treatments that can completely avoid many of the risks of back surgery.