Laser Spine Institute Treatment Options for Canal Stenosis

If you have been diagnosed with canal stenosis — and you’ve already spent weeks or months exploring your conservative treatment options without much success — consider the minimally invasive surgeries performed by Laser Spine Institute surgeons. We can address the symptoms caused by canal stenosis in several ways, as we’ll discuss below.

Discectomy and minimally invasive fusion

If the underlying reason for your spinal stenosis is a herniated disc, then a discectomy might be able to alleviate your symptoms. Our surgeons can take out part of a degenerated disc, giving your spinal cord and nerve roots more space and eliminating the cause of impingement. In the case that your entire disc has to be removed, there will be a space left in your spinal column. To fill this gap and ensure that your spine is completely stable, we will perform a spinal fusion surgery at the same time.

Laminotomy

A laminotomy can also address spinal stenosis that’s brought on by a herniated disc, as well as symptoms caused by bone spurs. Instead of removing the problematic element of the spine, our surgeons create more room for the spinal nerves to eliminate any pressure or pinching. We achieve this result by taking out a small portion of the lamina, a thin, sheet-like part of a vertebra that borders the spinal cord.

General surgery information

All of our surgeries are minimally invasive and are performed on an outpatient basis, so they require no hospital stay. Compare this with traditional, open spine surgery, which requires patients to stay in the hospital for two to five days before they can return home. Plus, compared to open spine options, our procedures have a drastically lower risk of infection, at 0.49 percent, rather than 4 percent.

To learn more about the minimally invasive treatment options that we offer for spinal stenosis, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can explain our procedures and schedule you for a consultation with one of our physicians.