Spinal stenosis surgery
Spinal stenosis surgery can become an option when more conservative treatments are unable to provide the relief necessary for a good quality of life. While this treatment is typically viewed as a last resort option, for many people it can become the best chance for meaningful long-term pain relief. That being said, no one should ever feel pressured to consent to any surgery they are not comfortable with. There are several different potential procedures and approaches to surgery that might be effective and it is important to be informed about all of the available options.
Deciding on surgery
Before deciding on spinal stenosis surgery, patients must first receive an accurate diagnosis for spinal stenosis that identifies the underlying cause of narrowing and nerve compression in the spinal column. A number of degenerative spine conditions can cause stenosis, including herniated discs, spinal arthritis, bone spurs and calcified ligaments. Without knowing what exactly is to blame for the nerve compression in the spinal canal, there is no way to know what the correct surgical approach might be.
Traditional open spine surgery
One of the more common types of spinal stenosis surgery is known as a laminectomy. During this invasive procedure, a portion of the vertebra known as the lamina is removed to provide additional space in the spinal canal. In order to access this part of the vertebra, the surgeon must make a large incision in the neck or back. This approach disrupts the musculature that supports the spine, which can require overnight hospitalization and significant rehabilitation in order to heal properly.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer patients an alternative to highly invasive traditional open back procedures with our minimally invasive spine surgery. Unlike traditional open spine surgeries that require months of recovery and rehabilitation, carry a significant risk for failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) and necessitate several days of hospitalization, our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. In fact, most of our patients are able to leave our surgery centers just a few short hours after their procedures.^
To learn more about spinal stenosis surgery and for a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine whether you are a candidate for one of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures, contact us today.