Why do herniated discs reappear after surgery?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: April 16, 2019

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Why do herniated discs reappear after surgery?

There is scientific evidence that shows that herniated discs can reappear after surgery. We invite you to learn more about the risks of this type of surgical procedure and how you can avoid going through it if you have a herniated disc.

Is surgery required for a herniated disc?

Surgery for herniated discs or discectomy is often used to remove (take out) a section of the damaged intervertebral disc. This, in principle, can solve the problems that affect people who suffer from herniated discs, such as pain, numbness and loss of mobility, but in the long run, the results will not be favorable, since available medical literature reports that complications occur in up to 71% of cases.

La cirugía puede llegar a ser el último recurso para tratar este padecimiento, pero implica riesgos tanto para la función como para la vida, además de los altos costos que genera una cirugía como: gastos de hospitalización, honorarios médicos del equipo quirúrgico y la terapia de rehabilitación, lo que genera un gasto muy grande para los pacientes y sus familias.

Complications and recidivism

Some studies indicate that between 10% and 40% of herniated disc surgeries fail: either because they do not relieve the symptoms or because the involvement of the invertebral disc persists or reappears. Some of the most common reasons for this to happen are:

  • Lack of weight control.
  • Diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol.
  • Post-surgical complications.
  • Failed surgery
  • Lack of follow-up in rehabilitation.

Comprehensive treatment

One of the main reasons why a herniated disc reappears after surgery is because of the lack of comprehensive treatment. Any surgical procedure involves risks and may not be effective; trusting that surgery alone will relieve the symptoms of a hernia is a mistake that many people can make. In that sense, a comprenesive treatment for a herniated disc must contemplate:

  • Pain management
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Nutritional advice

When surgery is not an option

On the other hand, it is important to mention that surgery is not always an option. There are people who cannot expose themselves to the risks of surgery, such as: older adults, people with chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. For these cases, it is always better to opt for a non-invasive, conservative and low-risk treatment for the patient suffering from these types of diseases.

Visit the CCV for medical help

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have over 24 years of experience treating herniated discs without the need for surgery. Come to your nearest center for a diagnosis and professional medical care.

“The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691."

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Margarita Vallejo Vazquez
Comentario del, 19 de Julio 2019

Quisiera saber que opciones tienen sin cirugía para una hernia de disco

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