x
66 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.


Have a Question? Ask The Doctor Here.

Sign In to join in the conversation.

Related Answers:

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...

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...

Hi , I am a 38 year old female . When I was 19 I was diagnosed with AVN of the lunate . It was misdiagnosed as Carpal...

I'm 58, diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 1989, and the MRI was done in June of last year. Can you translate ...

I am a male. 57 years old. My weight is 65 kg and height is 1.62 metres. Will my height decrease if someone who is ...

I am a 36 year old male-2 children.Heavy smoker.Eating habits are terrible and I sleep 3-4 hours a night.I have chro...

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