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savita
December 1, 2014

Is there a non-surgical treatment for arthritis pain?

On my previous visit to the doctor for arthritis pain, I was recommended spinal fusion. I am 50 years old and very scared of being the operated upon. I have been told that an operation of the spine can make one bed-ridden for a really long time. I really want to enjoy time with my grand kids. Is there any non-surgical treatment that I should consider?

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  • Dr H N Bajaj  / December 1, 2014
    Answered by Dr H N Bajaj

    It is quite normal to be scared of surgery! There have been many advances in spine surgery and the fear of getting confined to bed for simply ages is a thing of the past. Modern spine fusion involves putting in metal hardware into the spine which stays...  more

    It is quite normal to be scared of surgery! There have been many advances in spine surgery and the fear of getting confined to bed for simply ages is a thing of the past. Modern spine fusion involves putting in metal hardware into the spine which stays in the body. These are called implants and are made of titanium. Depending on your problem these are inserted from the front or from the back. Bone graft is added. The latter permits fusion while the former maintains the appropriate position till the fusion is solid. Sure, enjoy your time with your grandchildren - it a great moment to savor.  Your doctor would be the best person to advice you on operative or non operative treatment.

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