Decompression surgery for arthritis of the spine

Spinal arthritis is a difficult condition that can severely disrupt your life, affecting your ability to be there for the people you love and engage in the activities you enjoy. Conservative treatments — anti-inflammatory drugs, heating pads, ice packs and physical therapy — help many patients, but they don’t work for everyone. Surgery can become an option if your arthritis symptoms have not improved after exhausting conservative treatments.

If you are in need of decompression surgery for arthritis of the spine, speak with the experts at Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine procedures. Unlike traditional open spine surgery, our techniques are performed through a less than 1-inch incision and offer a reduced risk of complication. What’s more, the decompression procedures we offer at Laser Spine Institute are performed on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art surgery centers.

The goal of decompression surgery

Arthritis of the spine occurs from inflammation of the facet joints that is usually due to age-related breakdown of protective cartilage. The resulting friction and inflammation can cause both local pain and stiffness in addition to radiating symptoms that are the result of a compressed spinal nerve. The goal of decompression surgery for arthritis of the spine is to access the area and decompress the affected nerve by removing spinal tissue, such as a bone spur.

At Laser Spine Institute we can treat arthritis of the spine and related conditions with the following minimally invasive decompression procedures:

Our board-certified surgeons+ also perform a procedure called facet thermal ablation. Through a small incision, we use a laser to deaden nerves that have been affected by an inflamed facet joint. These nerves can be deadened because they only transmit sensory information and not motor information.

Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more

To learn more about the decompression surgery we offer for arthritis of the spine, as well as our other state-of-the-art, outpatient spine procedures, contact us today.

We’ll be happy to offer you a no-cost MRI review* to help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.