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DR. GEORGIY BRUSOVANIK, MD
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY SPECIALIST
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When conservative care fails to help and the patient continues to suffer, minimally invasive procedures may be an option. Dr. Georgiy Brusovanik MD, specializes in minimally invasive surgery, robotic and computer assisted surgery and motion preservation. He trained at Duke University department of neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery. He is the doctor for the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and Sony Open Tennis as well as the United States Kick boxing association. He is also the chief of spine committee at the Miami Medical Center. He has privileges in every major Miami hospital as well Jackson Memorial and the new, luxurious Miami Medical Center (as seen on the HBO hit series Ballers).




DR. SETH KAUFMAN, MD
BACK PAIN TREATMENT SPECIALIST
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Dr. Seth Kaufman has worked with some of the best spine injury surgeons in the world including those from John Hopkins Hospital and Mayo Clinic. With more ten years of experience, Dr. Kaufman offers non-operative, minimally invasive treatments and technology-guided procedures, such as the regenerative technology to induce therapeutic angiogenesis, for the treatment of several conditions, such as hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis, affecting the spine.



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Doc, can you make that incision a bit smaller?

If you have severe back pain, you might think a big open-spine surgery with a long recovery time is your only option for permanent relief. These days, however, some operations are minimally invasive and require much shorter recovery time. Not all back problems are suitable, but for those who are, patients are thrilled to shorten pain and recovery time.
How much smaller is the incision?
The term minimally invasive means that the orthopedic surgeon accomplishes spinal correction by only accessing what is required. They use several tiny incisions, so there is less damage to ligaments and muscles surrounding the spine. Most of that tissue is left alone. Rather than a vertical incision along the spinal vertebrae, several small incisions give adequate access to repair the damage.

These are very like the smaller incisions now used in the abdomen to remove gallbladders, repair hernias, and much more. Minimally invasive procedures, using tiny instruments to view and access the surgical field, are more common than ever.
What’s the advantage?
There are several good reasons why surgeons opt for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) when they can. For you, the benefits are excellent.

  • The incisions are much smaller, as little as two centimeters, about a ¾ inch.
  • You recover much faster.
  • There is a smaller risk of infection.
  • You will have less tissue damage. Muscle and tendons are usually spared completely.
  • Some surgeries may be so minimal that no general anesthetic is needed, making the surgery safer and easier to recover from.
  • There is less blood loss
  • Patients need fewer strong pain relievers for a shorter time.
  • You can return to work and an active lifestyle much sooner.

What kinds of back surgery can use minimally invasive techniques?
There are many surgeries involving the spine that are suitable for these new techniques. Here are three of the most common spinal surgeries that used to need very invasive surgery and a long, and sometimes difficult, recovery.

  • A discectomy is common back surgery. It involves removing herniated material that causes pain by pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord itself. In the case of minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon removes no bone or muscle tissue. This operation often uses a local anesthetic that further minimizes recovery time.
  • A laminectomy decompresses spinal stenosis, where the spine is too narrow for the spinal canal. The pressure causes pain and disability. The minimally invasive technique can eliminate the narrowing by a small incision in just one side. Many patients with this disability are elderly, and the faster and more efficient technique is safer and has better outcomes.
  • Spinal fusion joins two or more vertebrae together permanently. Certain conditions can allow vertebrae to move against each other, causing disability and pain. A minimally invasive procedure can use several techniques, depending on where the problem is. By using these techniques, the patient’s recovery is much faster.

What kind of surgical instruments do the surgeons use?
First, the surgeon needs to get your muscles out of the way of the vertebrae. The spine and its parts are located very deep within your body. In an extensive open surgery, the surgeon cuts through the muscles and tendons and then sutures them back together.

With MIS techniques, the surgeon puts instruments through a tiny incision. She then puts devices, perhaps with a small video camera, into the opening. Don’t believe what you hear; surgeons rarely use lasers in these surgeries.

Some patients need instruments like screws and rods inserted to immobilize the spine for fusion to take place. In more extensive operations, surgeons remove a lot of muscle and other tissues from the spine’s surface. Tissue displacement is where much of the pain of the surgery originates, and the method creates considerable post-operative disability and recovery time.

Percutaneous (through the skin) placement of this hardware means that the screws or rods go through the small incisions. Using X-ray images, the surgeon uses guidewires that allow the appliance to slide along its path. The screws have temporary extenders. These extenders are outside of your skin and removed after the rods connect the screws.

What about my recovery time?

Even with minimally invasive surgery, the spine needs time to adjust to its new positions and to recover from the operation. It still takes about six weeks to get back in the swing of your normal activities. During this time, formal physical therapy sessions with home exercise will help get things back on track. Your back will return from recovery stronger and healthier than ever if you take physical therapy seriously.

How can I see if my condition is suitable for MIS?

If you are suffering from a spinal condition and have not found relief in non-surgical methods, call a Miami Back Specialists, spine doctor practice for Southern Florida. We can examine you, look at any images of your spine, and discuss possible surgical options.

Understanding Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes the spine to curve sideways. The condition typically presents in childhood, and symptoms generally begin during the growth spurt that most children have just before they enter puberty. The condition may also develop in later adulthood. While some cases are mild, severe scoliosis can be painful and debilitating, and surgical treatment may be necessary.

What Are the Major Risk Factors for Scoliosis?
While mild scoliosis is equally prevalent in both girls and boys, girls have an elevated risk of serious curvatures that could require surgical intervention. A family history of scoliosis also increases a child’s risk of developing this condition.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Scoliosis?
In children and young adults with scoliosis, symptoms typically include having uneven hips or having one shoulder that is higher than the other. The child’s ribs may protrude, and his or her arms may not hang down straight on the body when he or she is standing straight.

For adults, symptoms of scoliosis may start with back pain, a noticeable loss of height, and difficulty standing up straight. Patients may also have shortness of breath, fatigue, walking difficulties, bone spurs, and a bump in the lower back. They may experience numbness, tingling sensations, and pain in the legs.

How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
Evaluations for scoliosis are normally handled by a spine doctor, sometimes known as an orthopedist or an orthopedic surgeon. These doctors are specialists in the musculoskeletal system and have the experience necessary to provide accurate diagnoses and advanced treatment.

When you arrive for an initial assessment, you’ll be asked to complete a health history form. This form will ask you about any medications you take and any previous surgeries you have had. It will also ask about your personal and family history of orthopedic conditions, cardiovascular disease, and other medical conditions.

The doctor will review the form with you and ask you questions about your symptoms. He or she may ask how long your symptoms have occurred, whether you’ve experienced any pain, and how the symptoms affect your daily life. You will also be asked about any recent changes you’ve noticed in your height, posture, or joints and about the location and severity of any pain. Tell your clinician about any treatments you have tried in the past and if anything has improved your symptoms.

Next, the clinician will guide you through a brief physical examination. This exam should not hurt, and the doctor will want to know if you experience any discomfort. First, the doctor will visually inspect the alignment of the shoulders, hips, and limbs to check for asymmetry. He or she may also wish to examine the ribs to see whether they protrude. Next, the physician will gently palpate (touch) the spinal column to assess the degree of any curvature. The range of motion, sensation, reflexes, and gait may also be evaluated.

To assist the doctor in making a diagnosis, you may be asked to have imaging studies such as x-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans. These scans can provide a detailed look at any curve that may be present, allowing the orthopedist to craft an effective and personalized treatment plan.

What Will My Doctor Consider When Making Treatment Recommendations?
To guide your treatment, your orthopedist will assess the severity, shape, and location of your spinal curvature. Larger curves, double (S-shaped) curves, and those located in the central (thoracic) part of the spine may need more urgent and aggressive treatment. The doctor will also consider your personal risk factors and how likely it is that your scoliosis may worsen.

What Non-Surgical Treatment Options Are Available?
For mild to moderate scoliosis, the first treatment that is normally recommended is the use of a brace. While the brace can’t correct the spinal curvature, it is often effective in preventing the progression of the curvature. Generally, the braces worn for this condition are made of a contoured, close-fitting plastic that gently hugs the body. The brace goes under the arms and cradles the ribs, lower back, and hips. It is nearly invisible under clothing, allowing patients to have confidence when wearing it out of the house.

If your doctor recommends a brace, he or she will tell you how long you need to wear it. Typically, most clinicians recommend that patients wear the brace during the day and at night. It can be removed for bathing and physical activity.

What Surgical Interventions Are Available?
For severe cases of scoliosis, non-surgical treatments may be ineffective, and doctors may need to perform surgery. At our Miami office, our orthopedists are skilled in several surgical options, and we explain all of these to patients.

One of the most common surgical procedures to correct scoliosis is a spinal fusion procedure. This procedure connects at least two spinal bones to prevent them from moving independently. A material similar to bone will be placed in this area, and metal rods or screws hold the affected area in the proper alignment while the bones and bone-like material connect.

Sometimes, surgeons may opt to insert an adjustable rod. This type of rod is attached to the top and bottom of the curve in the patient’s spine, and it can be lengthened as needed, normally every six months. This procedure is usually done on children or young adults who may still be growing.

How You Can Benefit From Spinal Cancer Treatment

If you’ve recently been experiencing substantial amounts of back pain, it’s possible that you’re suffering from spinal cancer because of the presence of a tumor in your spine. While these types of tumors aren’t common, they do occur from time to time and can lead to a variety of complications if not treated early enough. These tumors tend to compress the nerves in your spine, which can cause an excessive amount of pain as well as a loss of sensation below the affected area. While it’s possible for the nerve damage caused by these tumors to be permanent, early and aggressive treatment may be able to help you regain the nerve functions you’ve lost.

Symptoms of Spinal Cancer

Given the fact that there are a variety of different types of spinal cancer, the symptoms associated with these cancers can differ from one another. However, there are some similar symptoms between these cancers that you should be on the lookout for. When a tumor develops along the spinal cord, it will invariably press down against the bones, nerve roots, and blood vessels of your spine, which is what causes most of the symptoms that occur because of spinal cancer.

The pain that you experience in your back will occur at the site of the tumor and will worsen as the tumor grows in size. You might also begin to be less sensitive to heat, cold, and pain in the back, which occurs when the nerves around the spine are damaged. The pain that you experience will likely radiate to other portions of the body as the cancer progresses. You may also start to lose your ability to control your bladder and bowel functions. The pain will usually worsen at night.

If the tumor grows to a large size before it’s detected, it’s possible that you’ll start finding it difficult to walk because of a loss of mobility, which will likely lead to falls that can be even more dangerous to your health. The muscle weakness that you experience will mostly occur in your arms and legs even though the tumor is located in your spine. This muscles weakness can range in severity from mild to serious.

Treatment Options Available to You

There are a wide range of different treatment options that you can choose from when affected by spinal cancer. The goal of most spinal cancer treatment is to remove the entirety of the tumor that’s causing the symptoms that you’re going through. However, it’s possible that the tumor is situated in a manner that makes it difficult to have the tumor removed without causing severe and permanent damage to your spinal cord as well as the surrounding nerves. The exact treatment that’s recommended to you by our spine doctor depends on your current health as well as your age. Other factors such as the type of tumor and how much the tumor has spread will also be considered when looking at your treatment options.

If the tumor is small enough and has yet to press down on any of the spinal nerves or tissues, it’s possible that the only treatment you’ll initially be provided with is monitoring of the cancer. This treatment method is typically used in situations where the tumor was identified before the cancer caused any symptoms, which usually happens during a routine checkup. A doctor will carefully observe the cancer to ascertain if it’s spreading. While the cancer is being monitored, your doctor will likely administer an MRI or CT scan to better ascertain how the tumor is progressing.

If there is a risk of damage to your nerves or spinal cord, it’s likely that surgery will be recommended. Different surgical techniques are used depending on the size, location, and type of tumor that you’re suffering from. Advancements in the field now allow for previously inaccessible tumor locations to be reached and treated. The spinal cord is monitored heavily during these procedures to ensure that this area isn’t damaged in any way. There are also times when sound waves are used to break up the tumors, which allows them to be easily removed. It’s possible that surgery won’t be able to remove the entire tumor. If this occurs, additional treatments may be necessary. The recovery process for spinal surgery can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

If some remnants of the tumor still remain or the tumor itself was deemed to be inoperable, radiation therapy may be recommended. The radiation is targeted but can cause a variety of side effects, most of which can be managed with certain medications. With this treatment, intense beams of energy are used to kill the cancer cells. Chemotherapy is a similar treatment that’s used to remove or kill certain cancer cells along the spine. Chemotherapy is typically administered through a vein, after which you will be monitored to make sure that any side effects are well managed. At its most successful, chemotherapy can completely destroy cancer cells. However, it may only be able to ease the symptoms you’re experiencing or stop the cancer from spreading.

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal cancer and are searching for the right treatment, contact us today at (305) 901-1511 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the various treatment options available to you. Our professionals here at Miami Back Specialists will provide you with exemplary care throughout every step of the treatment process.

Finding Answers for Sciatica

Back pain can really throw you for a loop. Living in Florida, you are in one of the best places in the world when it comes to living an active lifestyle. If you are struggling with an aching back, this can bring everything to a grinding halt, especially if you are struggling with sciatica. Sciatica is typically caused by a herniated disk in your lower back. When the disk presses on the longest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve, it can cause you a great deal of discomfort. The sciatic nerve originates in your lower back and travels through your hips, your backside, and down your legs all the way to your feet. If you have pressure on the nerve, your pain could strike in any of the areas affected by your sciatic nerve. You may also experience annoying tingling and numbness. The pain can be severe. It could force you to stand because sitting makes it worse. You may not be able to find a comfortable way to sleep. You can try home remedies first to deal with this problem. If that doesn’t work, a spine doctor can help.

Solutions for Sciatica at Home
If you are suffering from sciatica for the first time or your pain is not that severe, consider trying some home remedies that may bring you relief. Swimming or a leisurely walk could take the pressure off your sciatic nerve, easing the pain that has been making your life more difficult. Stretching is another type of exercise you can do in order to be more flexible. You may find that a various stretches will take away your pain as well. Cold and warm compresses are effective as well. You should always begin by icing your back. Consider applying an ice pack on the hour for fifteen minutes. Follow up with warm compresses every two hours. Don’t forget over-the-counter medications that are not addictive and have anti-inflammatory benefits. Taking down inflammation can reduce pressure on your sciatic nerve. Watch your post. When you are experiencing pain in your back, you may put additional strain on the muscles as you try to find relief. Your muscle spasms can be more severe than the discomfort caused by sciatica. It’s important to watch your posture and how you hold yourself when sitting or standing. Rest, time, and patience may be what you need to conquer sciatica.

When to See a Doctor
If your pain is persistent, has lasted several weeks, or becomes so severe that it is debilitating, you need to see a doctor. Your home efforts are not enough. Delaying medical assistance could do more harm than good. Your doctor will begin by evaluating your back to get to the source of your pain. Physical therapy sessions may be recommended to help you to improve your symptoms. Massage therapy is also beneficial when you place yourself in the hands of a talented therapist who can give your sciatic nerve, including your lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs, the attention it needs. Acupuncture is another alternative therapy that is helpful.

Prescription Medication May Make You More Comfortable
Prescription medications may be necessary to manage more persistent cases of sciatica. Muscle relaxants and steroids are go-to sources of relief. They can help you to stop tightening up as when you experience flare-ups of pain. Your doctor may choose to administer a nerve block or other medications that will numb your pain. It will depend on your personal evaluation to determine the best course of action for you. You should steer clear of prescription-strength pain relievers that are opioids as these are highly addictive.

Surgery Could be the Last Resort
Your back specialist will attempt to find the least invasive solution for your sciatica. However, surgery may be recommended if you have been dealing with chronic sciatica for several months without making any progress. When mediation, exercise, and rest aren’t effective, you may need to have a portion of a disk removed or the ring of bone that acts as a coating for your spinal cord may be the targeted area for your surgery. A serious condition called cauda equina syndrome requires immediate attention. This condition results in a severe compression of the sciatic nerve. It may lead to paralysis and the inability to control your bladder. It is often a result of a narrowing of the spinal column due to a build up of calcium. Your back specialist will be able to advise you about surgery to correct this severe problem in order to regain feeling and bladder control.

Turn to a Team of Spine Specialists You Can Trust
Miami Back Specialists are here for you when you are looking for an effective way to treat your sciatica. Our team of doctors will help you to get your life back on track when pressure on sciatic nerve is getting in the way of your busy lifestyle. Our specialists are leaders in the field, offering treatments for a variety of conditions that affect your back. Our methods are proven to be effective by research and experience. Call us at 305-901-1511 today to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified professionals. We will assess your condition, look at your health history, discuss any previous efforts to treat your sciatica, and find the best plan to improve your quality of life.

Treatment of Sciatica

Sciatica, or lumbar radiculopathy, is pain that is created when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or otherwise irritated. Sciatic nerves run from each side of the lower back through the buttock and back of the thigh all the way to each foot. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It serves a major role in the connection of the spinal cord to the leg and foot muscles.

Sciatic pain may be felt in the lower back, hips, legs, and feet. It usually only affects one side of the body. The pain can feel like sharp stabbing, a dull ache, or numbness and tingling. Severity has a wide range. Some patients experience mild to moderate pain that comes and goes. Others have severe pain and weakness that interferes with daily activities. All types of sciatica are treatable.

Causes
Sciatica is not a diagnosis. It is usually a symptom of another condition or injury. Understanding the underlying cause can be useful in finding the right treatment. There are many possible causes of sciatica. Emergent cases that occur suddenly are usually related to a fall or a car accident. Gradual onset of sciatica may occur due to a bone spur, bulging or herniated disc, or inflammation caused by a medical condition. Common conditions that cause sciatic pain include:

  • Herniated disc – This condition occurs when the outer shell of the cushion between vertebrae breaks allowing the soft center to ooze onto surrounding tissue and nerves including sciatic nerves.
  • Bone spur – When a knobby outgrowth of extra bone forms on a vertebra, the sciatic nerve may become compressed.
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis – When a small stress fracture occurs in the spine, one disc can slip forward on another. The result can pinch the sciatic nerve.
  • Spinal stenosis – Narrowing of the spine is common with age. This condition is seen most often in patients over 60.
  • Piriformis Syndrome – When the piriformis muscle in the buttock spasms and affects the sciatic nerve, hip and leg pain may be similar to sciatica. However, piriformis pain is not clinically diagnosed as sciatica.
  • Pregnancy – Weight gain and a shift of the center of gravity during pregnancy may cause temporary sciatica.
  • Muscle strain – Strained muscles in the lower back can cause inflammation which compresses the sciatic nerve.

Conservative Treatment
Most people who experience sciatica do not require surgery. Although pain may be severe and debilitating, the condition can usually be resolved over time. When the nerve is no longer compressed, the pain is relieved. There are many conservative treatments for sciatica.

  • Bed rest – A few days off your feet can relieve inflammation and pressure from the sciatic nerve. Bed rest should be limited to a few days and a firm mattress is necessary.
  • Ice and heat – Alternate ice and heat can improve sciatic symptoms. Begin with ice then switch to heat.
  • Physical therapy – After determining the cause of your sciatica, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy. Targeted exercise can improve most back conditions.
  • Stretching – Lower back stretches can relieve pressure.
  • Light exercise – Exercise can reduce inflammation, so short walks are advised.
  • Medication – Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatories are usually effective in reducing sciatic back pain. If pain persists or is particularly severe, your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxers or stronger anti-inflammatories.
  • Spinal injections – If other conservative measures are not effective, your doctor may recommend steroid injections that bring relief directly to the affected nerve. The treatment is temporary but may relieve pain to allow you to participate in physical therapy for recovery.

Surgical Treatment
Sometimes, surgery is necessary to relieve the pain of sciatica. If conservative treatment has been ineffective, your condition is too advanced to allow you to participate in physical therapy, or you are suffering vital nerve damage, your doctor might recommend surgery. If your bowels or bladder are affected or you suffer extreme leg weakness, surgery is often required to prevent permanent damage.

There are two types of surgery usually recommended for sciatica pain. The best option may depend on the cause of your sciatica.

  • Discectomy – During this surgery, the surgeon removes whatever is pressing on the sciatic nerve. The goal is to only remove the portion of disc or bone spur causing pain. You may be able to return home a few hours after surgery.
  • Laminectomy – This surgery requires a surgeon to remove part of the lamina (a portion of a ring of bone that surrounds the spinal cord). The lamina and any tissue pressing the nerve is removed. You may return home the same day or the day after surgery.

If you are suffering from ongoing sciatic pain, it is important to understand the cause. A Miami spine doctor can help you understand your condition. Finding the right treatment can finally provide you the relief you have been hoping for.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy Could Solve Your Back Pain

It is estimated that as many as 80 percent of people will experience back pain during their lifetime. Often these issues are caused by muscle strain or poor posture and will be resolved without treatment within a few days. However, sometimes the pain is caused by a more serious condition. Certain symptoms will help you determine whether you should seek help.

  • Pain that interferes with everyday activities – If you are unable to go to work, get dressed, or perform regular daily errands, you might have a severe herniation that is best treated with surgery.
  • Pain or numbness that extends to one or both legs – if your pain is more severe in your leg than your back, a nerve is most likely compressed. Leg weakness is often observed with this condition as well. Your surgeon might recommend surgery to avoid long-term nerve damage. (When herniation is located in the upper back, arm pain and numbness may occur.)
  • Severe pain that keeps you from sleeping at night – If the pain is so severe it limits your sleep, your herniation may be too severe to benefit from physical therapy.
  • Constant unbearable pain – if you are unable to stand for more than a few minutes, you are likely not able to participate in physical therapy to improve your condition.
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control – If this occurs, tell your doctor immediately. Emergency surgery is necessary to prevent permanent damage.

These symptoms might indicate a serious injury called a disc herniation. Discs are soft tissue that sits between vertebrae to keep the bones from rubbing together and absorb shock from activity. A herniated disc occurs when the soft inside of the disc erupts through a tear in the disc’s rough outer exterior. The resulting pain, caused when disc material presses against a nerve, is often excruciating. A herniated disc is usually diagnosed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Sometimes a disc herniation is minor and can be treated through non-surgical techniques. Your doctor may suggest some non-invasive treatments before considering surgery.

  • Anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing medications – Relieving inflammation and muscle pain can help relieve pressure from the affected nerve.
  • Physical therapy – When exercise is performed under the care of a doctor, the right techniques can help to heal the disc without surgery.
  • Cortisone injections – These injections can immediately block pain to the affected nerve allowing you to participate in physical therapy for long-term improvement.

Have you Experienced Little or no Improvement with Therapy?
If you have been under a doctor’s care, and traditional medication or physical therapy isn’t yielding the desired results, you might be a candidate for surgery. Your spine doctor will likely order imaging in the form of an x-ray or MRI. The imaging results combined with the severity of your symptoms will determine if you should proceed with surgery. Some severe symptoms indicate when surgery will be the best option.

  • Therapy shows little to no improvement – If you have participated in a therapy program for weeks with little to no change, you might be ready for surgery.
  • Leg weakness does not improve or gets worse – Relieving pressure from the nerve early is most likely to prevent permanent weakness.
  • MRI results show a large herniation – A large herniation takes longer to heal and is less likely to respond to therapy.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy
If you have been avoiding surgery because you have heard worrisome stories about large incisions and slow recovery time, you might not have up-to-date information. Today’s advanced tools allow surgeons to work with much smaller incisions, resulting in quicker surgeries and speedy recoveries.

Lumbar microdiscectomy surgery takes around a half-hour. The surgeon makes a small (1 – 1 ½ inch) incision. With the use of special tools, the surgeon removes the damaged portion of the disc. This relieves pressure from the affected nerve. The procedure is often outpatient surgery, and you will likely be allowed to return home the same day.

Benefits

  • Immediate relief of leg pain – Relieving pressure from the affected nerve means patients often feel no sciatica or leg pain immediately after surgery.
  • Short recovery time – Patients are able to leave the hospital a few hours after surgery and only require minimal restrictions, usually regarding lifting and twisting.
  • Lower chance of long-term damage – A nerve compressed over a longer period of time is less likely to fully heal.
  • Ability to return to regular activities – Physical therapy might take months to be effective. If your condition severely impacts your life, surgery can help you heal faster.

The decision to have surgery is never one to be taken lightly. However, with the help of a Miami back specialist, you may realize it is the best way to finally relieve your pain.

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