Question: At What Point Should I Consider Surgery For My Pain?
Answer: In general, if your pain worsens at the same time you notice the onset of new neurologic changes like weakness, numbness, loss of bowel or bladder function, you should consider a surgical consultation.
Most often, pain physicians try to make sure that patients who present with pain do not have serious medical conditions that require surgery. Examples of some of these conditions are infection, cancer, tumors, fractures, traumatic events, and spinal instability.
After discussion with your doctor, you may consider surgery for pain relief after other, less invasive treatments, like medications, injections, implantations, physical therapy, acupuncture, and psychological interventions, have failed to provide sufficient pain relief and functional improvement.