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Herniated Disc Treatment Surgery Pros vs Cons

Posted by jonesontaab on November 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

When it comes to this type of herniated disc treatment, you have your pros and cons. Having open back surgery for the herniated disc can help you and it can hurt you. In this article, we will take a look at the pros and cons of having surgery to treat your herniated disc.


 

Herniated Disc Treatment – Pros of Having Surgery

 

Let's first take a look at the pros of having surgery as a means of a herniated disc treatment.

 

The first thing is, you may get instant relief from the pain. Noticed I said “you may”, that's because over half the people that go through the surgery do not get relief.

 

It can change the way you live. If your surgery is successful, you will not have to live in pain anymore. So, the way you live will change drastically.

 

Herniated Disc Treatment – Cons of Having Surgery

Now we will take a look at the cons of having surgery on your herniated disc.

Recovery time will be lengthy. So, if you work, you will have to plan to take off work for a while.

The surgery may not be successful. Over half of the surgeries performed are not successful.

The pain will more than likely return after six months.

There could be more damage done to your spine and you may catch an infection or lose a large amount of blood.


 

So there are the pros and cons to having this particular herniated disc treatment. As you can see, the cons outweigh the pros. However, if you have tried everything else and you are in extreme pain, then it is probably worth the risk of having the surgery. If you have tried other herniated disc treatment options, you should try them before even considering surgery. You can try other options like physical therapy, massages, exercises, pain meds and so on. Normally the herniated disc will heal its self, so try non-invasive before you try the surgery option.

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