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 this condition. The first step in finding a treatment for spinal stenosis is to exhaust all possible conservative treatment options, including physical therapy, yoga, chiropractic care and epidural steroid injections to temporarily ease 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 several weeks or months with no lasting results, consult your doctor about a different method of treatment to help relieve your chronic pain. As you research the types of surgical options available to you, we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns regarding your condition or one of our procedures.
Minimally invasive decompression surgery versus traditional laminotomy for spinal stenosis
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 spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and offers a lower risk of infection as well as no lengthy recovery.^
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 less than 1-inch incision in the neck or back. Our highly skilled team will move the surrounding muscle fibers and tissues to reach the spine.
To create more space in the spinal canal, the board-certified+ surgeons at Laser Spine Institute 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 be up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^
A traditional open back laminotomy for spinal stenosis is highly invasive and has a two- to five-day hospital stay. The surgeon makes a large 6- to 8-inch incision, cuts through the surrounding muscle and tissue to access the spine and then removes the portion of the lamina that is compressing the spinal cord.
Recovery time for open spine surgery is lengthy and can take anywhere from six months 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.
Find out if our minimally invasive spinal stenosis procedures would be effective for you
For more information about our minimally invasive laminotomy procedures, please reach out to our dedicated team and request a free MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for the outpatient treatment at Laser Spine Institute. We can help you recapture your quality of life from your spinal stenosis symptoms.