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Spinal surgery can be directed toward three main goals:

  • Decompression of compressed neural elements.
  • Realignment of a spinal deformity.
  • Stabilization of an unstable mobile segment.

Patient selection for surgery is extremely important to achieving favorable outcomes. The patient’s expectations must be realistic and consider what type of rehabilitation he or she must endure postoperatively. Return to play in many cases is a bonus, and the successful outcome of the decompression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves may simply be the alleviation of pain with partial return of neural function. The athlete may wish for completely normal neurological function, but that surgical outcome may be unrealistic.

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