An overview of lumbar nerve decompression and fusion surgery

Patients who are suffering from chronic debilitating lower back pain may be recommended to undergo a lumbar nerve decompression and fusion surgery to relieve pain and symptoms. The purpose of this type of procedure is to relieve pressure on the nerve in the lower back that is causing the pain and symptoms, and fuse together a segment of the spine to increase stability and help prevent future nerve compression.

If you have been diagnosed with a degenerative spine condition in the lumbar (lower) spine and are being recommended to undergo lumbar nerve decompression and spinal fusion surgery, we encourage you to research the full range of treatment options. The caring team at Laser Spine Institute is committed to helping you find relief from chronic neck or back pain and fully understanding the treatments available to you. If you have any questions about our treatment options, our state-of-the-art facilities and our board-certified surgeons,+ contact us today.

When to undergo lumbar discectomy and fusion

Upon diagnosis of most degenerative spine conditions, a patient will begin treatment with a series of conservative therapies designed to relieve pain without surgery. These treatments include pain medication, exercise, hot/cold therapy, chiropractic care, physical therapy and spinal injections. These treatments are often combined to increase pain relief and recovery.

However, if several months of conservative treatment has not yielded any pain relief, your doctor may recommend that you consider spine surgery to treat your condition.

Conditions that can often be treated with a lumbar fusion include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis

These conditions can destabilize the spinal column, displacing anatomy and causing painful narrowing and nerve compression. In severe cases of disc degeneration, the surgical recommendation can be full disc removal combined with the insertion of material into the empty disc space to fuse together the surrounding vertebrae.

Minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute

One of the negative aspects of traditional open lumbar nerve decompression and fusion surgery is that it requires significant recovery and rehabilitation. This is because the surgery involves very invasive techniques that include the cutting and tearing of the large muscles surrounding the spine, as well as an increased risk of infection and excessive blood loss.

Before you agree to undergo traditional open back fusion, you should research the safer and effective alternative at Laser Spine Institute.^ Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision that spares the surrounding soft tissue and muscle fibers. Through this small incision, our highly skilled surgeons can perform a lumbar decompression and fusion procedure on an outpatient basis. Since 2005, our minimally invasive procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn if minimally invasive spine surgery is right for you.

We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.