Consulting with canal stenosis specialists for surgery

Canal stenosis specialists might be able to address your painful symptoms with a surgical procedure, but surgery might not be necessary to achieve the relief you need. Many patients are able to effectively manage their symptoms through conservative techniques and most doctors and patients consider surgery only as a last resort. Before deciding on any treatment, learning more about canal stenosis and why it causes pain and other symptoms can help you be more knowledgeable and engaged as a patient as you seek lasting relief.

What is canal stenosis?

Canal stenosis is a form of spinal narrowing. The condition is characterized by a narrowing of the central spinal canal that protects the spinal cord. This can be caused by a number of degenerative spine conditions, such as a bulging disc or an arthritic bone spur, that constrict this already tight nerve pathway. Canal stenosis can lead to nerve compression of the following debilitating symptoms:

  • Localized pain
  • Radiating pain
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

When to consider surgery for canal stenosis

Canal stenosis specialists are often spine surgeons, such as an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon, who can perform surgical procedures to create the space needed for your spinal nerves. Any physician you see for treatment should recommend you first fully attempt a course of conservative therapy. Typical options include physical therapy, hot/cold compresses, massage, pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and epidural steroid injections. By following a treatment plan and making healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise, a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products, many patients are able to find the relief necessary for healthy, active lifestyles.

However, if weeks or months of conservative treatment fail to ease your pain and you are recommended for surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive spine surgery that requires a less than 1-inch incision, which allows our procedures to be performed on an outpatient basis and with less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine procedures.

Our dedicated team of Patient Empowerment Consultants can help you receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.