Minimally invasive stabilization for spinal stenosis

Minimally invasive stabilization operation for spinal stenosis patients

Considering surgical options to treat spinal stenosis and related conditions can be an overwhelming prospect. When exercise, stretching and other forms of conservative treatment do not provide meaningful relief from neck or back pain associated with narrowing (stenosis) of the spine, surgery is usually explored.

Spine surgery is seen as a last-resort option because it is such an invasive process. Traditional open back surgery requires a large incision that disrupts surrounding muscles, requiring a long time to heal after a procedure. Severe cases of stenosis, and other spine conditions, can also require the fusing of vertebrae to stabilize the spine if a large amount of tissue is removed in order to take pressure off nerves.

If you are considering a traditional open spine fusion to treat symptoms related to spinal stenosis, it is critical to explore the full range of options to get the best chance of finding lasting relief for your symptoms. Innovative surgical technology and skill have made minimally invasive stabilization procedures possible which provide many benefits compared to traditional open fusions.

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the central spinal canal or one of the nerve root exits that allow nerves to travel to the rest of the body. The spine is already tightly constructed, so if any anatomy becomes displaced, it is easy for this constriction to put pressure on nerves. Conditions that cause spinal stenosis include:

  • A degenerative spine condition such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis or another inherited spinal abnormality
  • A naturally narrower spinal canal
  • Traumatic spinal injury

Symptoms of nerve compression related to spinal narrowing include local pain and radiating symptoms like tingling, burning pain and weakness in the extremities.

How a minimally invasive stabilization can provide relief

Minimally invasive stabilization entails the use of advanced techniques to remove the source of spinal nerve compression — often a severely damaged spinal disc. Once the source has been fully removed, stabilizing hardware or a bone graft is inserted into the space. As a minimally invasive procedure, this is done using a small incision and a series of dilating tubes that avoid unnecessarily severing muscles and connective tissue around the spine. This leads to a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication compared to traditional fusions.

Laser Spine Institute’s highly skilled team of surgeons performs both minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures that can treat spinal stenosis. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more and request your no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our state-of-the-art spine procedures.