Every person’s health journey is an individual one. Depending on the cause of your back pain, your doctor may not recommend spinal surgery at all. Your doctor may try other less invasive procedures first before considering TLIF surgery.
That’s what happened in Ralph’s case. Ralph commented that Dr. Goll, “took a very conservative approach with physical therapy and some medication, and also the spinal injections.” Dr. Goll tried these less invasive measures first before attempting surgery. Unfortunately, these treatments didn’t help.
Some of the types of non-invasive procedures your doctor may consider before surgery include:
- Anti-inflammatory diet
- CBD oil
- Better footwear
- Improving posture
- Over-the-counter pain relief
- Physical therapy
- Spinal manipulation, commonly known as chiropractic
- Stress management
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Weight loss
Every doctor is different, as are the situations and goals of the patients they serve. In Ralph’s case, he was very pleased with Dr. Goll’s approach. He says, “My first impression was that he was very confident and I was also very impressed with the fact that he took a conservative approach first and didn’t recommend surgery until it was the last resort. To me that was very reassuring.”
Surgery shouldn’t necessarily be the go-to for your doctor. We know that the TLIF procedure improves back pain in the vast majority of patients. 80% say they are satisfied with the surgical results. As with any surgery, there are risks associated with having the procedure done. This includes possible nerve damage or a reaction to the anesthesia. Patients considering spinal surgery should have a candidate discussion with their doctor about all of their options.
Ralph says he was very comfortable with the surgical approach. He mentioned the excellent care he received from Dr. Goll. Ralph says, “He was very direct and explained the procedure very clearly.” Today, Ralph is back to the activities he used to enjoy before back and leg pain sidelined his life.
If you are suffering from back pain, please contact us at Orlando Orthopaedic Center to find out how we can help you regain your health.