Introduction: Hi, I'm Dr. Tony Mork, an author, speaker, inventor, and board-certified surgeon. As an endoscopic spine specialist, I've dedicated my practice over the past 13 years exclusively to the treatment of painful neck and back conditions without the use of fusion. In this podcast, I will discuss endoscopic laser spine surgery, its differences from other types of spinal surgery, and how it can help those suffering from chronic pain.
The Problem: Chronic neck or back pain can be debilitating, and it's not uncommon for individuals to experience pain that radiates down the arm or leg. Often, the cause of the pain is unknown, and traditional treatments like chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massage therapy may not provide relief. Many people try medications, but these only take the edge off and don't solve the underlying problem.
Confusion About Surgical Options: If you're considering surgery for your pain but are unsure about what your MRI results mean or what surgical options are available, you're not alone. Years ago, when I was a knee and shoulder surgeon, I asked my senior partner, a highly experienced spine surgeon, to explain the difference between various types of back surgery. He offered a simple, yet profound answer, saying that there are only two things you can do to a spine: fuse it or decompress it.
In the past 20 years, a few additions have been made to the surgical options, including disc replacements and neural ablation using RF generators. However, the basic components of spine surgery remain the same—fusion and decompression.
Spinal Fusion vs Decompression: The choice between spinal fusion and decompression is, in many ways, a philosophical consideration. Endoscopic laser spine surgery is a form of decompression that offers a less invasive alternative to traditional spinal surgery. By understanding the differences between these two approaches and discussing your options with a qualified medical professional, you can make an informed decision about the best treatment for your chronic neck or back pain.
Blog Post: https://drtonymork.com/back-surgery/alternatives-to-spinal-fusion/
I'm Dr. Tony Mork and I run an Endoscopic Spine Surgery practice in Irvine, California and Naples, FL. I avoid a fusion when possible (which is most situations) and provide treatments that actually address the pain without taking an invasive approach.
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