Non-Surgical Options

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RehabOne Medical Group

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Los Gatos, San Jose, Gilroy, & Salinas, CA

There’s no doubt that in the hands of a skilled surgeon, many patients have their lives transformed. But surgery does come with some serious potential risks. Nonsurgical options for pain management are a specialty at RehabOne Medical Group in Los Gatos, San Jose, Gilroy, and Salinas, California. The multidisciplinary team provides effective therapies and medicinal management for patients with all forms of chronic pain. Call RehabOne Medical Group to find out more today.

Non-Surgical Options Q & A

What are nonsurgical options?

Nonsurgical options in health care are all the treatments that could give you relief of your symptoms and improve your condition without the need for surgery.

Surgery is an invaluable and life-saving treatment that uses increasingly advanced, minimally invasive approaches to reduce tissue damage and promote faster healing. However, there are risks involved that need careful consideration.

What are the risks of surgery?

There are several risks associated with surgery.

General anesthesia

General anesthesia is necessary if you need to be unconscious for your surgery. Although most people don’t experience any long-lasting effects, some do suffer side effects such as nausea and vomiting after receiving a general anesthetic. 

Modern anesthesiology is highly advanced and safe in the vast majority of cases, but there is still a chance that you could suffer life-threatening results from being under general anesthetic.

Pain and scarring

Open surgery requires a large incision into your tissues, which is inevitably going to cause a degree of discomfort and require ongoing pain relief for some time afterward. An open surgical wound is also likely to leave a scar, which may be unsightly and continue to be sore for years after the procedure. Scar tissue can also build up in some cases. 

Minimally invasive endoscopic techniques are more widespread and do cause far less pain and scarring, but they still cause some discomfort.

Infection

One of the chief concerns about surgery is the risk of infection. Whenever you cut into the skin, you take away the protective barrier that keeps germs out, risking exposure to infection. 

Surgical and nursing teams take every precaution against infection during surgery, but sometimes bacteria do get into wounds, where they cause serious harm. You must also be very careful to keep your wounds clean after surgery while your skin heals.

Recovery and post-op complications

All surgeries take a while to recover from, during which time you might feel weak and be in pain, and need months to heal properly. In some cases, surgery doesn’t go as it should, which means you have more pain and disability and have to undergo further procedures.

What are the advantages of nonsurgical options?

With nonsurgical options, none of the drawbacks and risks found in surgery are present. There are no wounds, only minimal pain and discomfort from your therapies, and virtually no risk of infection. 

RehabOne Medical Group offers a wide range of nonsurgical treatments, including:

  • Physical therapies
  • Medication management
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Trigger-point injections
  • Medical Botox®
  • Joint injections
  • Pain-management counseling
  • Functional restoration programs
  • Active therapy
  • Therapeutic yoga

To find out more about nonsurgical treatments for pain management, call RehabOne Medical Group today.