A center for pain management may recommend surgery if treatments such as medication, acupuncture, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) fail to reduce or relieve your pain. Medical procedures such as back surgery are serious, and recommended only in specific cases.
Determining when back surgery is necessary can be a difficult decision for members of the medical team at the center for pain management. If spinal nerve compression, bulging or ruptured disks, and fractured vertebrae do not respond to other medical treatments, then back surgery may be necessary.
There are many different types of back surgery, so ask your doctor about options such as a discectomy, laminectomy or spinal fusion. Vertebroplasty and artificial disks are also available.