Spinal stenosis — minimally invasive decompression surgery for treatment

Patients who suffer from spine conditions that include nerve compressions, such as a pinched nerve or spinal stenosis, may find lasting pain relief from our minimally invasive decompression surgery. Nerve compression in the neck or back can cause local pain at the site of the compressed nerve, as well as radiating pain, weakness and tingling in the extremities controlled by that nerve.

For example, a pinched nerve on the right side of the lumbar spine (lower back) might cause radiating pain down the buttock and leg of the right side of the body. In severe cases, the compressed nerve may not be able to send strong signals to the muscles in the buttock and leg, resulting in numbness and weakness in the affected muscles.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the frustration caused by having chronic pain and weakness in your neck, back and extremities. We also understand the confusion that surrounds so many treatment methods for neck and back pain. That is why we have created a minimally invasive procedure to help alleviate your neck and back pain, while still allowing you to experience a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.^

Purpose of minimally invasive spinal decompression

The purpose of our minimally invasive spinal decompression is to relieve patient discomfort by reducing pressure on a compressed nerve in the spinal column. A nerve can become compressed for many reasons, including spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal. During a minimally invasive decompression, the surgeon will make a less than 1-inch incision in the neck or back, and move aside the surrounding muscles to reach the spine.

Unlike the standard procedure of traditional open back surgery where the muscles are cut and torn, our minimally invasive decompression surgery does not disrupt the muscles or soft tissue surrounding the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the nerve will be decompressed by removing a portion of the bone spur or herniated disc that has become diseased and expanded to the nerve roots. Our minimally invasive decompression surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at our state-of-the-art surgery centers around the country.

Minimally invasive decompression surgery and spinal stenosis

We offer two common minimally invasive decompression surgeries to help alleviate the pain caused by spinal stenosis — foraminotomy and laminotomy. Both procedures aim to relieve pressure on the spinal cord due to a narrowing of the spinal canal, also known as spinal stenosis. For many spinal stenosis patients, our minimally invasive decompression surgery effectively relieves the pain of their spine condition.

However, for patients with severe spinal stenosis, our minimally invasive decompression surgery might require a minimally invasive stabilization surgery to ensure that the spine is stable and to help prevent future spinal stenosis. The difference between the patients who need minimally invasive decompression surgery and the patients who need minimally invasive stabilization surgery is the severity of the spinal stenosis.

Typically, spinal stenosis is compounded by other spine conditions, such as bulging or herniated discs. In these cases, if the disc is so severely diseased that it must be removed from the spine, a minimally invasive stabilization procedure would be required to insert an implant into the empty disc space and stabilize the surrounding vertebrae of the spine. If you are interested in learning more about our minimally invasive procedures to help relieve pain caused by spinal stenosis, please contact our team.

We can help you with a free MRI review* to determine the severity of your spinal stenosis and learn whether you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spinal stenosis procedures. Since 2005, our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their chronic neck and back conditions, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Let us help you take the next step to finding relief from your chronic pain.

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