Spinal stenosis surgery
Spinal stenosis surgery is occasionally warranted when more conservative treatments fail to provide the patient with the pain relief they require. While this treatment is typically reserved for patients who experience severe or rapidly worsening pain, for many patients it is the last, best chance for meaningful pain relief. That being said, no patient should ever feel pressured to consent to any surgery they are not comfortable with. There are several different potential procedures that might be effective depending on the specific prognosis of the patient that should be fully considered.
Deciding on surgery
Before deciding on spinal stenosis surgery, the patient must first receive an accurate spinal stenosis diagnosis that clearly identifies the source of the constriction within the spinal canal. A number of degenerative spine conditions can cause stenosis, including herniated discs, arthritic vertebral joints, bone spurs, vertebral misalignment, calcified ligaments and more. Without knowing what exactly is to blame for the nerve compression in the spinal canal, there is no way to know what type of surgery is right for the patient.
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 rather large incision in the neck or back and disrupt the musculature that supports the spine, which requires significant rehabilitation in order to heal properly. This surgery can be an effective way to recreate space within the spinal canal, but also requires a major commitment from the patient.
Minimally invasive alternative
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer patients an alternative to invasive open spine surgery in the form of our state-of-the-art, minimally invasive spine procedures. Unlike 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 conducted 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 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 to schedule your initial consultation.