Back operations

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.

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.

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.

Spinal fusion

Spinal fusion is one the three most common back operations. The others are laminectomy and discectomy.


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.

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Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics.

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