Spinal stenosis — minimally invasive decompression surgery to relieve pain

If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis — the narrowing of the spinal canal — you have likely discussed treatment options with your physician to find a way to alleviate your pain. Most patients begin treatment with conservative methods of pain relief, such as stretches, chiropractic care, and pain medication. The conservative treatment options can usually coincide with one another to create a pain management routine to treat your spinal stenosis.

For patients with mild spinal stenosis, this treatment approach may work well to alleviate the chronic pain of spinal stenosis. But, for patients with more developed cases of spinal stenosis, conservative treatment options may not provide any lasting results for pain relief.

What do you do when your conservative treatment options aren’t relieving your pain?

An effective treatment option for spinal stenosis

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the frustration of trying several treatments for your chronic pain, only to find no relief. It almost feels hopeless to you, and maybe you are beginning to resign yourself to just living in pain. Maybe you’ve thought about surgery, but traditional open back surgery seems too risky and doesn’t always yield the best results.

We hear you. We hear your concerns, your fear, and your desperate need for a solution.

We have developed and continually advanced our minimally invasive decompression surgery for you and patients just like you. In fact, we are the nation’s leader in minimally invasive surgery, with a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ Our surgeons at Laser Spine Institute saw a need for people with chronic neck and back pain who weren’t responding to conservative treatments and who didn’t want to take on the risk of traditional open back surgery.

Our minimally invasive decompression surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in one of our world-class surgery centers across the country. Our patients are able to rest and recover in their own home or hotel the same day as their surgery is performed; there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. The surgery itself is conducted through a small, 1-inch incision in the neck or back. The muscles and soft tissues are moved aside, instead of being cut and torn like they would be during a traditional open back surgery. This means a shorter recovery time^ for you because you don’t have to wait for your muscles to heal and repair. Once the spine is accessed, the diseased component of the spine is removed and the incision is closed.

The two most common minimally invasive decompression surgeries we perform for spinal stenosis are laminotomy and foraminotomy.

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis

In some cases of severe spinal stenosis, a minimally invasive stabilization surgery will be required immediately following a minimally invasive decompression surgery. The reason for this is simple.

For mild cases of spinal stenosis, a portion of the affected disc, joint, or vertebrae can be removed to relieve the pain on your spinal cord. However, in severe cases of spinal stenosis, the entire infected component may have to be removed, leaving a hole in the spine. In this case, an implant would have to be inserted through one of our minimally invasive stabilization surgeries to immediately stabilize the spine.

You can request a no-cost MRI review* with one of our consultants to confirm your spinal stenosis diagnosis and determine the severity of your condition. Our consultant will also determine your candidacy for one of our minimally invasive procedures.

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