Endoscopic back surgery for spinal stenosis is an option for people who have been told they need surgery to treat their symptoms but are seeking an alternative to invasive open back surgery.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column due to an intrusion of bone matter, tissue, or disc material, so the purpose of spinal stenosis surgery is to decompress the spinal cord by surgically removing any objects causing the pressure.
Two of the most frequently used decompression surgeries for spinal stenosis are foraminotomy and laminotomy. During foraminotomy, the foramen, or the space in the vertebra where a nerve root exits the spinal canal, is enlarged to relieve pressure on the nerves. During a laminotomy, the lamina, a piece of bone covering the spinal cord, is partially removed to increase space in the spinal canal and take pressure off the spinal cord.
Foraminotomy and laminotomy are often performed as “open back” surgeries in a hospital and require long incisions. In this setting, foraminotomy and laminotomy may come with significant risks, such as the risk of infection and a long, painful recuperation time.
Endoscopic back surgery, on the other hand, is different from open back surgery because it utilizes minimally invasive techniques, allowing it to be performed in an outpatient environment. The surgeon makes a small incision and performs the procedure using small tools. Since the incision is small, damage to muscles and tissues is minimal, so recovery is quicker with minimally invasive procedures compared to open back surgeries.
Laser Spine Institute offers endoscopic back surgery for spinal stenosis, spine arthritis, sciatica and many other neck and back conditions. If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and are living in pain despite trying several treatments, you may want to contact us to learn how our minimally invasive procedures can help you get your life back. We can begin the process by reviewing your MRI or CT scan free of charge.