Spine Treatment & Spinal Surgery Complications

Risks & Complications of Herniated Disc without Surgery

We are strong believers that surgery should be left as a last resort. We encourage all of our patients to try other spine treatment methods that allow the body to heal itself as long as there is no danger of suffering serious complications of a herniated disc by waiting. Be aware that extended time in pain without surgery may lead to permanent nerve damage with suboptimal results including chronic pain, numbness or weakness.

Risks & Complications of Herniated Disc: Symptoms Considered Dangerous

Certain symptoms may develop which are considered dangerous and at that time surgery is recommended on an emergency or urgent basis. Such symptoms include: increasing numbness, increasing weakness, problems walking and bowel or bladder dysfunction.

Risks & Potential Spinal Surgery Complications

Risks and potential spinal surgery complications include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Chronic Pain
  • Leak of CSF from Dural Tear
  • Hardware Failure
  • Nerve Injury
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Bowel or Bladder Dysfunction
  • Non-Union of Bone Fusion
  • Blindness
  • Death
  • Anesthesia Complications
  • Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Need for Revision Surgery
  • Failure of Wound to Heal
  • Problems Swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Loss of Voice

Watch a video about cervical herniated disc surgery risks to learn more. please feel free to discuss these risks and potential spinal surgery complications at your scheduled appointment. We will take as much time as you need to review this information completely.