Spinal surgery

Spinal surgery sits at the interface between neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. It is concerned in particular with the treatment of diseases of the spine, such as traumas, deformities and deviations, tumours and degenerative diseases (for example osteoarthritis).

When is spinal surgery required?

In the majority of cases, back pain is treated without surgery. Physiotherapy and pain management can generally help with this. If a patient nevertheless experiences sensory disturbances or even paralysis and loses control of their bladder, this is an emergency and requires an immediate consultation with their doctor or at the hospital.

How is spinal surgery carried out?

The surgeon selects the surgical method based on the symptoms. Minor operations are carried out as minimally invasive procedures, while major corrections require open surgery.

How long do patients stay in the hospital after a back operation?

The length of the hospital stay depends on the type of operation and how the patient’s healing progresses. The majority of patients spend a maximum of five days in the hospital, after which they can go home or go on to a rehabilitation clinic.

What do I need to be aware of following an operation in the spine department?

You should not carry any heavy loads during the first few weeks. The muscles will be built up again in physiotherapy. It takes time for wounds to heal. Patients regain full use of their backs after around six months.

Does all pain go away after a back operation?

An operation is no guarantee of a life free from pain. The surgeon will weigh up whether it is worth operating. Intervention makes sense if there is a chance that it will improve the symptoms.