When Might You Need Spine Surgery?

Your back is one of the most complicated parts of your body. It harbors multiple bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, not forgetting the spine, all of which are central to your stability and mobility. Unfortunately, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 8 in every 10 adults in the United States are likely to experience back pain at some point in their lives. If you are one of these people and non-surgical treatments have proved unsuccessful, you may need Roswell spine surgery.

Spine surgery is an important and effective treatment but is not applicable in every situation. This article will help you understand when you might need spine surgery. 

Conditions Treated Through Spine Surgery

Minor spine problems can be treated through conservative therapies like home exercises, spinal injections, and physical therapy. If the spine problem persists, your doctors may turn to minimally invasive treatments such as facet joint injections. When all these attempts fail to treat your condition, your doctors might recommend spine surgery.

At Apex Spine and Neurosurgery, spine surgery is used after non-surgical treatment fails to yield results in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated discs
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fractured vertebrae

Spinal fractures and malignant tumors are exempt from the initial conservative therapies because they require immediate surgery.

Type of Spine Surgery

The experienced team of neurosurgeons at Apex Spine and Neurosurgery have mastered multiple spinal surgery techniques that include:

  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Spinal fusion
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Disc replacement
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Spinal tumor resection

Reasons for Spinal Surgery

The top 3 reasons people opt for spine surgery are:

·       Realigning the Spine

Some spinal conditions such as kyphosis, flat-back syndrome, or scoliosis negatively affect the normal curvature of the spine. However, through physical therapy and bracing, these spinal conditions can typically be managed, preventing physical impairments.

·       Alleviating Nerve Pressure

Spinal surgery is known to treat some spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis and disc herniation that compress the nerves within the spinal column, leading to numbness, muscle weakness, or any other severe symptoms.

·       Stabilizing the Spine

An unstable spine cannot provide the intended protection, support, and structure to your body, and hence it cannot perform its normal functions. Through spinal surgery, your spine could be made stable again to hold together the muscles, disc bones, and spinal ligaments, preventing you from experiencing any back pain or leg pain.

Traditional Vs. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Traditional spine surgery exposes the entire anatomy of the back to access the spine. In contrast, minimally invasive spine surgery exposes very little of the anatomy, allowing quicker recoveries and faster healing periods. It also employs the use of surgical aids such as intraoperative spinal navigation to provide greater visibility during surgery, enabling limited exposure of the surgical site.


If you are considering spine surgery, consult with the highly experienced neurosurgeons at Apex Spine and Neurosurgery. This team is well known for its compassion and hospitality to all its patients. To schedule an appointment, contact the offices in Alpharetta, Roswell, Georgia, or Bethlehem, or book a consultation online.