Determining the type of spinal narrowing surgery that is best for you

Spinal narrowing can require surgery when symptoms become severe enough that they interfere with an individual’s day-to-day life. Also commonly referred to as spinal stenosis, this condition results when a part of the spinal anatomy encroaches on the spinal canal. Most often, spinal narrowing is asymptomatic, but symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness can appear when the narrowing results in pressure being put on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root.

Spinal narrowing causes

As is the case with most degenerative spinal conditions, spinal narrowing is most often the result of the deterioration of the spine due to aging. The vertebrae and spinal discs experience constant movement and pressure, and through the years the wear and tear can begin to take its toll. Conditions that can lead to spinal narrowing include bulging and ruptured discs, facet disease and spondylolisthesis.

Types of spinal narrowing surgery

There are a variety of procedures that can be performed to alleviate the symptoms of spinal narrowing. The choice that is best for you will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your condition, the location in your spine where the condition exists and your age and overall health. Options may include:

  • Discectomy and fusion. In this form of spinal narrowing surgery, the damaged disc that is encroaching on the spinal canal is removed and the adjacent vertebrae are fused to provide stability.
  • Foraminotomy. This procedure involves the widening of the space where a nerve root exits the spinal column.
  • Laminotomy. In this procedure, part of the lamina — the bony plate attached to a vertebra — is removed to create more space in the spinal canal and decompress the affected nerve root.

Spinal narrowing treatment at Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 individuals with their degenerative spinal conditions, including spinal narrowing. The minimally invasive procedures we offer are often the clinically appropriate first choice and provide many advantages versus open neck or back surgery.^ To learn more about the outpatient procedures we offer, contact Laser Spine Institute today. A member of our team can help you determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spinal narrowing surgery.