Dr. Knight's Notes
January 19, 2012

Will I Eventually Need Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease?

I'm 60, and I just found out that I have degenerative disc disease (DDD). Since it's a degenerative condition, I assume it'll just get worse as I get older. What's the likelihood of me needing surgery for DDD?

December 15, 2011

Should I Have Surgery for Lumbar Spondylosis?

I’ve had lumbar spondylosis for the last 4 years and have found zero relief with physical therapy, exercise, and medications. The pain is consistently about an 8 out of 10. I’ve just started to research surgery for spondylosis. Could surgery help me?

January 12, 2011

Pain after Spine Surgery

Is It Normal to Have Back Pain a Year after Surgery?

"I had posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery for a herniated disc at L4-L5 about a year and a half ago, but I'm still in horrible pain. I'm only 45, so I'm very worried that I'll have to live with this pain for the rest of my life. Is this common? Will I need another surgery?"

January 11, 2011

Should I Have a Second Spine Surgery?

"I had a successful lumbar fusion (L5-S1) about 12 years ago. I now have instability at the adjacent joint (L4). Does a second fusion cause additional risks or complications since I have spinal hardware in place?"