Laser Spine Institute Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis
Laser Spine Institute offers several minimally invasive treatment options for patients seeking spinal stenosis surgery. Although all of our procedures are different in their approach, the overall goal remains the same: removing excess tissue from openings in the spine, thereby allowing more space for the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. In so doing, our outpatient procedures can alleviate pressure placed on these elements that has been causing localized pain and radiating weakness, numbness and other symptoms.
Below is some basic information about each of the spinal stenosis surgeries that we offer.
A laminotomy is a procedure in which a small portion of a vertebra is removed to give the spinal cord more room. The lamina, or thin “roof” of a vertebra, can also be removed entirely for therapeutic purposes in a process called laminectomy. At Laser Spine Institute, we aim to be as minimally invasive yet effective as possible in our surgeries, so our surgeons specialize in many minimally invasive procedures.
A foraminotomy is a procedure that involves widening a vertebral foramen. The foramina are passages in between vertebrae through which nerve roots exit the spinal column to innervate the rest of the body, and when these spaces are made smaller by herniated discs, bone spur growth or other issues, the nerve roots can be pinched. Our surgeons can address these issues by opening the affected foramen and alleviating the pressure.
A discectomy involves the partial removal of an intervertebral disc. This surgery intervenes when disc material has impinged upon surround nerves. In severe cases that require the complete removal of a disc, our surgeons perform minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures to ensure the spinal column is stabilized.
For more information about our minimally invasive surgeries and how they alleviate the symptoms of spinal stenosis, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We will be happy to answer your questions and tell you if you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures.