Many patients with degenerative disc disease can obtain pain relief with a combination of:
- Short-term bracing
- Physical therapy
A great emphasis is placed on finding the precise source of pain before considering surgery. If surgery is needed, our spine surgeons determine the least amount of surgery necessary to correct each patient’s disc degeneration.
At The Maryland Spine Center, the most common surgery for painful disc degeneration in the lumbar spine is a one or two level posterior surgical fusion. This surgery is well established and safe with high success rates and permanent results. Our spine surgeons are careful to select the smallest and safest procedure to relieve the patient’s source of pain.
Patients typically spend 2-4 days in the hospital and some may require an additional stay for therapy. Once home, patients are able to walk up and down stairs, take a shower, and walk around the house. A cane or walker and a soft brace often are helpful for the first few weeks while the soreness of the surgery subsides.
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