Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Chronic Pain | Osteoporosis | back | surgery | disc | disk

Do I Need Back Surgery?

Friday, 17 Jan 2014 10:12 AM

Question: What options do I have for a crushed disc in my back? I don't want to have surgery. What else can I do?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:

The management of spinal disc compression varies by location and any symptoms you may have. There are procedures available for disc disease, but relative risks need to be weighed against potential benefits.

Most patients with disc compression do need surgery to preserve nerve and spinal cord function, and manage pain. Surgery — such as fusion, bone grafting or discectomy — is generally reserved for those who fail to respond to appropriate physical therapy after six weeks or more, or for those with risks related to spinal nerve or cord injury where delay will result in further damage.

Disc replacement surgery is performed in Europe with varying results, but the procedure itself is not performed as often in the U.S.

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Question: What options do I have for a crushed disc in my back? I don't want to have surgery. What else can I do? Dr. Hibberd's answer: The management of spinal disc compression varies by location and any symptoms you may have. There are procedures available for disc...
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