Do I Need Canal Stenosis Surgery?

Canal Stenosis Treatment

If you’ve been living with canal stenosis for an extended period of time, surgery may be on your mind — especially if conservative treatments haven’t been producing the results you were hoping for. Spine surgery is not always necessary, but for individuals who are still experiencing significant pain despite using traditional medications, participating in physical therapy, and making all of the recommended lifestyle modifications, it may ultimately be an option worth considering.

When to Schedule Canal Stenosis Surgery

If you can identify with any of the following, you may wish to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon or neurosurgeon about canal stenosis surgery:

  1. Your pain has become gradually more severe throughout the last few weeks or months or has gradually stopped responding to treatments that used to be effective
  2. Your pain is making it difficult to work, go to school or participate in your favorite hobbies
  3. You’re experiencing depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation or other emotional concerns as a result of your diagnosis
  4. You’re experiencing neurological symptoms, either gradual (ongoing muscle weakness in your legs) or acute (sudden loss of bladder or bowel control, which may indicate the need for immediate canal stenosis surgery)

Of course, scheduling a consultation is only the first step, and you may ultimately decide that you wish to spend a bit more time managing your symptoms through nonsurgical means before moving forward with an operation. There’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to canal stenosis treatment, and you’ll be able to make the best decision for your needs with the assistance of an experienced medical professional.

What to Discuss at Your Appointment

When you do consult with a surgeon about your various options, you’ll want to discuss the nonsurgical treatments that you’ve already tried, as well as your personal response to each of them. You’ll also want to talk about your current challenges and future goals so that your team can work to produce the results you’re looking for.

Surgical intervention may be necessary if conservative efforts against canal stenosis are ineffective. Through the use of modern technology, surgeons are now able to complete these procedures without the need for large incisions. BEST Health System is the industry leader in minimally invasive care. Even compared to other minimally invasive surgical providers, BEST is setting the blueprint. Contact our team to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services. Put an end to your back pain now and for all.