Spinal stenosis FAQs

Q: I think I have spinal stenosis. What is the best way for me to get a diagnosis?
A: Your primary care physician is the place to start. After a full medical history and exam, your doctor can refer you to a specialist to get an MRI or CT scan. If you have received confirmation of a diagnosis, we will be happy to review your MRI report to see if we can help you find relief.

Q: Where does spinal stenosis occur?
A: Spinal stenosis can occur in any region of the spine, from the upper (cervical) to the middle (thoracic) or lower (lumbar). However, it is most commonly found in the lumbar spine.

Q: I have exhausted conservative treatment options. Who and where do I turn to next to understand my symptoms and get relief from my pain?
A: If you have been through weeks or months of treatment without finding necessary relief to return to a satisfying quality of life, we can help you explore our minimally invasive spine surgery options.

Q: Does Laser Spine Institute treat spinal stenosis?
A: Yes. Spinal stenosis is one of the most common conditions we treat at Laser Spine Institute. Through our minimally invasive approach, we relieve pain and other symptoms of stenosis while avoiding the large incisions and long recovery periods of traditional open back procedures.

Q: Will my age affect my surgery?
A: No. As long as you are medically cleared through your physician and our Medical Intake Team, we can help.

Q: Will my problem disappear after the surgery? How long is the rehabilitation period?
A: Our surgeries are effective at relieving the painful symptoms of spinal stenosis — we can boast an overall 96 patient satisfaction score^ for all the conditions we treat. Although some patients are immediately relieved of their pain, others may take more time to heal. Our team of caring professionals, including physical therapists and physicians, will provide specific guidance for returning to a normal, active lifestyle, as it varies for each individual and procedure.

Q: I’ve been told I’m a candidate for a spinal fusion to treat my spinal stenosis. Can Laser Spine Institute help?
A: Our surgeries are safer and effective alternatives to open spine surgery and have a shorter recovery time^. Our physicians and physical therapists will provide specific guidance for returning to a normal, active lifestyle after surgery, as it varies for each individual and procedure. To learn if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.

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