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 using only local anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision – typically about 4-5 mm in length – and performs the procedure using small tools. Since the incision is so small, damage to muscles and tissues is minimal, so full recovery is experienced in as little as one to two weeks. In fact, many patients feel relief immediately after the surgery.
Laser Spine Institute (LSI) offers endoscopic back surgery for spinal stenosis, spine arthritis, sciatica and many other back and neck 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 revolutionary procedures can help you get your life back. We can begin the process by reviewing your MRI or CT scan, free of charge.