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Is the facet joint replaced when you undergo surgery for facet syndrome?

Facet Syndrome is a term used to describe diseases that can occur in the joints of the lumbar and cervical spine, causing pain associated with motions like twisting and bearing heavy loads. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend either conservative treatments or the facet syndrome surgery described in the following article to treat your condition.

Conservative treatments for facet syndrome

Prior to undergoing surgery to treat your facet syndrome, your doctor may recommend conservative therapy to treat your symptoms. This may include:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Pain medication
  • Anti-spasm medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Epidural steroid injections

However, if conservative therapy fails to provide you with adequate relief after several weeks or months, then facet syndrome surgery may become necessary to relieve your symptoms.

USA Spine Care’s facet syndrome surgery

Although some traditional surgery providers may replace the facet joint during surgery, at USA Spine Care we take a minimally invasive approach with our facet thermal ablation surgery that is performed in conjunction with our minimally invasive decompression procedures. USA Spine Care uses a small incision that is muscle sparing to provide patients with a shorter recovery period, lower risk of complication and a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery,^ which uses a large incision that cuts the muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine.

USA Spine Care is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Instead of a highly invasive traditional open spine surgery that replaces the facet joint and requires a hospital stay between two to five days, at USA Spine Care, our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and 88 percent of our patients are able to return to their daily activities within three months after surgery.^ To learn more about the advantages of our procedures, contact our team today.

Through the use of our facet thermal ablation procedure, our highly skilled surgeons are able to deaden the nerve within a facet joint that has become inflamed as well as perform a decompression procedure to relieve the pressure on the nerves or spinal cord. If your condition requires minimally invasive stabilization, the damaged disc is also able to be replaced with a bone graft or artificial disc. To find out if you are a potential candidate for a facet syndrome surgery at one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.*

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