Home > Medical > Backache > Back operations Back operations All sections in Backache » About Backache » Back Operations » Causes of Backache » Back exercises » FAQs » Good Posture » Health Tips » Interesting Facts » Multimedia » Backache News » Preventing Backache » Treatment Options When is back surgery an option? The decision to undergo back surgery will and should never be taken lightly. Back surgery is a last resort and will only be considered conservative treatment options had failed. Spinal fusion Spinal fusion is one the three most common back operations. The others are laminectomy and discectomy. Three main types of back surgery Laminectomy, diskectomy and spinal fusion are the three main types of back surgery. The two most common newer less invasive procedures are vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Addicted to painkillers? » Follow Health24 on Twitter » Join Body Talk » 10 ways to manage back pain The great guide to good posture After surgery – things to remember Although every person's body and recovery period are unique, there are certain things everyone can expect after back surgery. Who pays for your back operation? Having a back operation? Will your medical scheme cover it? Laminectomy One of the most common back operations is a laminectomy. Laminectomy literally means “removal of the lamina”. The lamina is part of the spinal canal's bony structure. Before your back operation The decision to have back surgery is a big one. Both you and the doctor need to be convinced that there is no other way of solving the problem. Choose the right surgeon Orthopaedic, spinal or neurosurgeon – how do you choose? load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.