Decompression surgery: an option for degenerative spine conditions

You may be considering nerve decompression surgery for a degenerative spine condition after already having tried conservative approaches to relieve spinal pinched nerve symptoms. In many cases, less invasive techniques can help relieve pain, discomfort, numbness and other symptoms caused by a compressed nerve.

Spine surgery becomes an option if you and your doctor have decided conservative treatments have been exhausted but you haven’t found the relief you need for a healthy, active lifestyle. Decompression procedures are a type of spine surgery that involves the surgeon accessing the spine and removing the source of nerve compression that is causing painful symptoms. If you have been recommended for this type of surgery, it is important to be aware of the full range of surgical approaches available, including minimally invasive decompression procedures at Laser Spine Institute.

Laser Spine Institute decompression procedures

The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute use muscle-sparing techniques to perform the following procedures on an outpatient basis:

  • Discectomy — the removal of a portion of a damaged spinal disc that is compressing adjacent nerves
  • Foraminotomy — opening up one of the nerve root exits, called foramina, to take pressure off a compressed nerve
  • Laminotomy — the removal of a section of a small segment of a vertebra to give nerve roots or the spinal cord more room if they are being compressed

We also offer facet thermal ablation procedures, which utilize a laser to cauterize an inflamed nerve ending within an arthritic spinal joint, relieving pain.

Benefits of a minimally invasive approach

The minimally invasive decompression surgery we offer for degenerative spine conditions vary in their specific approaches, but they share some important benefits. One of the advantages of choosing a minimally invasive procedure over a traditional open spine option is the reduced risk of infection. For example, where the national average for infections among hospital patients is up to 16 percent, Laser Spine Institute’s infection rate is only 0.55 percent.^

If you’re ready to learn more about receiving nerve decompression surgery for a degenerative spine condition, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are happy to offer you a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.