Minimally invasive spine surgery for spinal stenosis is designed to achieve the same end result as traditional open-back surgery for spinal stenosis. The difference is that minimally invasive techniques allow the procedure to be performed with a smaller incision and substantially less muscle damage. Laminotomy and foraminotomy are two decompression surgeries commonly used to treat spinal stenosis symptoms, and both can be done using minimally invasive techniques.
During the minimally invasive versions of laminotomy and foraminotomy, the surgeon makes a 4-5 millimeter incision and inserts an endoscope and small tools into the spinal column. The endoscope is used to provide video images of the part of the body being operated on, and the tools are used to remove any bone matter, tissue or cartilage placing pressure on the nerves and spinal cord. Some patients feel relief immediately following the surgery, and oftentimes patients are up and walking within two hours. Postoperative pain and discomfort is minimal compared to that of open-back surgery for spinal stenosis, and the amount of scar tissue is also greatly reduced. Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures are performed in an outpatient setting, and the chances of complications are far lower than those that accompany traditional open-back surgery.
If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and conservative spinal stenosis treatment is not working for you, it doesn’t mean that you have to be confined to a life of pain. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive alternatives for laminotomy, foraminotomy and other procedures to treat the symptoms of spinal stenosis, as well as many other neck and back problems. Our mission is to offer effective procedures that can have you back hitting the tennis ball, playing golf, traveling and enjoying life like it was meant to be lived.
Don’t wait any longer to reclaim your life. Contact Laser Spine Institute today and let us review your MRI or CT scan, free of charge. We’ll gladly walk you through your options and help you better understand your diagnosis.