Surgery for spinal stenosis

Surgery for spinal stenosis is usually considered a last resort option when all other nonsurgical methods of treatment have proven ineffective.

For many people, the pain and other symptoms caused by nerve or spinal cord compression related to spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal, can be managed using a combination of conservative, nonsurgical treatment methods. These treatments include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Yoga and stretching
  • Lifestyle changes such as weight loss and quitting smoking

However, in rare emergency cases, or if more conservative treatments have been exhausted, surgery can become an option. While the type of surgery required will differ based on the underlying cause of the spinal stenosis, minimally invasive spine surgery does have many proven advantages over traditional open neck or open back surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis

In the past, only traditional open neck or back surgery was available for spinal stenosis. Often, an open spine operation means a large incision, the removal of a large portion of the spine, followed by the insertion of implants and bone graft material. The highly invasive techniques and bulky hardware used increase the risk of limited mobility, complication and infection, as well as extend the recovery time while the muscles around the spine heal.

Now, more and more patients are taking advantage of the minimally invasive spine surgery available to treat spinal stenosis. The minimally invasive techniques help to limit the risk of infection and reduce the recovery §time§ compared to traditional spine surgery. A minimally invasive, outpatient procedure requires only a small incision, no muscle disruption and no bulky hardware to stabilize the spine.

In fact, many minimally invasive procedures only remove a small piece of the damaged spine to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve. If stabilization is needed, it is often in the form of an artificial disc or bone grafts.

Laser Spine Institute leads the way

No spine health organization performs more minimally invasive spine surgery than Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures are proven safer and more effective than traditional open spine surgery, often making our minimally invasive spine surgery the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open neck or back surgery.

To learn more about our outpatient procedures for spinal stenosis, or for a review of an MRI report or CT scan to determine your eligibility for one of our outpatient procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute.

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