Spinal stenosis — minimally invasive laminotomy surgery to relieve pain

Patients who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis have several treatment options available to help relieve the chronic pain associated with spinal stenosis.

The first step in finding a treatment for spinal stenosis is to exhaust all possible conservative treatment options. Conservative treatment options include physical therapy, yoga, chiropractic care, and/or epidural injections to temporarily alleviate the pain. Unfortunately, few patients with developed spinal stenosis find lasting relief from conservative treatments. If you have tried a series of conservative treatments for more than a month with no lasting results, consult your physician about a different method of treatment to help alleviate your chronic pain.

Minimally invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis

If conservative treatments are not helping to treat your chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis, you might consider a surgical option for pain relief.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a minimally invasive decompression surgery to take the pressure off of the impacted nerve in your neck or back caused by spinal stenosis. Our minimally invasive surgery is an effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our surgery offers lower risk of infection and shorter recovery time^ than traditional open back surgery, and we yield a patient satisfaction score of 96.^

One of the common minimally invasive decompression surgeries we offer is a laminotomy. The purpose of the laminotomy is to relieve pressure on the spinal cord from a narrowing spinal canal. The surgery is performed through a 1-inch incision in the neck or back. The surgeon will move the surrounding muscle fibers and tissues to reach the spine. In order to create more space in the spinal canal, the surgeon will remove a small portion of the lamina — a bony structure attached to each vertebra. Because our surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, our patients are able to return home the same day as the surgery is performed.

A traditional open back laminotomy for spinal stenosis is performed in a hospital and usually requires additional days of hospitalized recovery. The surgeon makes a large incision, about 5 to 6 inches long, and cuts through the surrounding muscle and tissue to access the spine. The surgeon then removes the portion of the lamina that is compressing the spinal cord. Recovery time is lengthy and can take up to a year, depending on the age and general health of the individual. Scar tissue is likely to develop from the disruption of tissue.

Most patients find relief from the symptoms of spinal stenosis after undergoing our minimally invasive laminotomy surgery.

For more information about our minimally invasive laminotomy procedures, please contact our team and request a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for outpatient treatment at Laser Spine Institute.

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