At Trinity Spine and Orthopedics, our Fort Worth orthopedic surgeons approach back surgery by doing their best to remove a minimal amount of bone. This is because when a minimal amount of bone is removed in surgery, it allows people to leave more quickly so that they can recover and get well. Dr. Kjeldgaard’s favorite reasoning behind why they have developed this approach is the following analogy:
Imagine a building with it’s scaffolding. You have to clean the windows, and this is easier if you remove parts of the scaffolding. However, the more you remove, the weaker and more wobbly the foundation becomes.
The same is true with back surgery. When you take out a lot of bone, you relieve more of the condition, for example stenosis, but you have also made the spine much weaker; it wobbles like the weakened scaffolding. Sometimes this sort of procedure becomes fully necessary, and in such cases, the spine can always be repaired with rods, plates, and screws, but it is best to avoid removing so much bone, which is why the doctors at Trinity Spine and Orthopedics in Fort Worth prefer to do minimal removal and combine this lower level of back surgery with other treatments such as physical therapy.
The Fort Worth orthopedic surgeons at Trinity Spine and Orthopedics offer laser back surgery as an option and have used it for years. Dr. Kjeldgaard is very familiar with the use of lasers in back surgery and believes that it can be a good tool in certain situations. However, he believes that operations such as LASIK or other surgeries performed with lasers mislead many people and would like his patients to know the following:
Typically, younger patients who require a procedure that
involves only the nerve root, located off to the side of where the spine is, are ideal candidates for laser surgery. To find out more about whether laser surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kjelgaard of Trinity Spine and Orthopedics.
Spinal decompression is an increasingly popular term, and many chiropractors are promoting with a spinal decompression machine that increases the spacing in the discs to take pressure off the nerves. Dr. Kjeldgaard knows this surgery has its benefits but also believes that it should be done a bit differently. We live our lives vertically, and most people perform this surgery horizontally, which Dr. Kjelgaard believes is where most surgeons are making a mistake.
Recovering from back surgery can be long and hard, but Trinity Spine and Orthopedics has a unique approach to recovery that will help you get up and moving again right away. Many surgeries are done and have you off to home in the same day. For more complicated recoveries, Trinity offers pain management and physical therapy services.