x
155 Physicians Online

Question:

Degenerative Disc Disease :treatment options with a previous surgery

Dear Ask The Doctor:
What are the available surgeries for treating degenerative disc disease ? I have already had one back fusion in my lower back. What are my options?


Answer:

Degenerative disc disease produces changes in the vertebrae that along with the bulging discs cause a nerve damage by compression, which is the cause of the pain. The treatment options depend on the age, severity of the pain, neurologic symptoms present and if you have some other associated health issue. The first approach is always conservative as a Physical Therapy program aimed to control pain and inflammation along with anti inflammatory medication, if there is no improvement and with time the pain turns out to be worse and intractable you should get a re evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon to decide if another Surgery might be consider as a treatment option for you.



Sign In to join in the conversation.

You’re in good hands, meet ATD’s founding physicians.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • Board Certified GP
  • CMO ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Adjunct Professor at U Of T

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Director ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Fellowship Training Atlanta, GA

Related Answers:

I am 44yr old male. Iam experencing knee pain for the last four months. X ray revealed early stages of osteoarthri...

I have post traumatic arthritis and I am really struggling with pain I can hardly do anything anymore is this normal ...

I have been being treated for fluoroquinolone induced achilles tendonitis (ice, rest, NSAIDS, compression) for about ...

Hi, My name is shabbir and I am 42 years old. Last 6 months, i feel pain in knee and i feel like my bones are not fle...

My left foot has been hurting when I walk or point it. What's wrong with it? I was jumping on my trampoline the ot...

I have avn in my right hip. New diagnosis. Precollapse, but have "a bunch of dead bone" I don't know stage...

Thank you. Is osteoarthritis curable? What are the possible side effects of decilone forte? This is the only medicin...

Dear Doctor , i am travelling to undergo two surgeries, cervical fusion at c5-6 and femoral derotation osteotomy and ...

Hi , My name is Anil 27yrs male, i met with accident on July 2013 my left knee was injure. my mri says that there...

I am 3 months post complete shoulder replacement. I still cannot lift my arm up with my palms down higher than my sho...