Lumbar spinal stenosis — transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery
Spinal stenosis — the narrowing of the spinal canal — commonly occurs in the lower back, due to age-related compression and gradual degeneration of the spine. This form of spinal stenosis often results in chronic lower back pain, with possible radiating pain in the buttock and leg. As spinal stenosis continues to worsen, you might find yourself having difficulty performing hobbies and activities that include bending, twisting, or running. Severe cases of lumbar spinal stenosis may result in limited daily activity, such as standing for long periods or walking.
If you have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, speak with your physician about conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, yoga, and pain medication, to help alleviate your pain. Mild cases of lumbar spinal stenosis respond well to conservative pain management. However, if you are not finding lasting relief from conservative therapy, you might consider trying a different treatment option to help relieve your chronic back pain.
The next step in finding lower back pain relief
For patients who have tried conservative treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis and have not yielded any lasting results, there is another treatment option available that will treat your lumbar spinal stenosis at its source: minimally invasive stabilization surgery.
One of the most common minimally invasive stabilization procedures we perform for lumbar spinal stenosis is a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. During this procedure, the surgeon will cut a small, 1-inch incision in the lower back. Through this incision, the surgeon will move aside surrounding muscles and soft tissue without disruption to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the damaged or diseased disc that is protruding and causing the spinal canal to narrow will be removed, and an implant will immediately be placed in the empty disc space to stabilize the spine and help prevent future deterioration.
Our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is performed as an outpatient procedure at one of our world-class surgery facilities across the country.
An effective alternative to traditional open back fusion
When most patients think of spine surgery, they think of traditional open back fusion. Traditional open back fusion is highly invasive and usually requires six months to a year of recovery time, and additional postsurgical time in the hospital. For many, this seems like a “last resort” choice to find a treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer an effective alternative to traditional open back fusion with our minimally invasive stabilization procedures. Take a look at the advantages of our minimally invasive stabilization surgery compared to traditional open back fusion:
|Hospital stay||Outpatient||2-5 days|
|Infection rate||0.49 percent||Up to 19 percent|
|Muscle disruption||Small incision, muscle sparing, muscles separated||Muscles cut, torn|