Dr. Wang describes when surgery is the best treatment option for women who suffer with back pain.
We look at surgery always as being the last step. Obviously if you can get rid of the symptoms without surgery, everyone would choose to do so. And so what you want to do is exhaust all the conservative treatments.
When a patient has exhausted all the conservative treatments and their symptoms are significantly impairing their life, surgery is a very reasonable option.
About Dr. Wang, M.D.:
Dr. Jeffrey Wang, M.D., is the Chief of Spine Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He specializes in all spine disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar area. His research interests include gene therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders, bone growth biological proteins, and biomedical engineering of non-invasive spine surgery using high intensity focused ultrasonic waves.