Spinal stenosis surgery: advantages of a minimally invasive procedure

Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the nerve passageways in the spine, can be a debilitating condition that brings your life to a halt. The pain and limited mobility can take you away from your family, friends, work and your favorite activities. This condition can even affect your ability to relax after a long day or get a good night’s sleep.

When conservative treatments have not provided the relief you need for a high quality of life, you and your doctor might explore the possibility of surgery. Traditional open spine surgery, which can be used to address conditions like spinal stenosis, is usually seen as a last resort by doctors and patients because of the many risks and difficulties involved. What you might not be aware of are the different types of minimally invasive spine surgery — a surgical option that offers many advantages compared to traditional open spine procedures.

Reasons to undergo surgery

The goal of spinal stenosis surgery is to access the spine and take pressure off a spinal nerve that’s been compressed by spinal narrowing. This can lead to lasting relief from local and radiating pain once a patient has fully recovered from the procedure.

While traditional open spine surgery can address stenosis-related pain and discomfort, this type of procedure has some significant downsides. To access the spine during a traditional spine procedure, a surgeon must use a large incision to cut through supporting muscles and connective tissue. This requires hospitalization, a lengthy recovery period and risk of complications such as infection, scarring and failed back surgery syndrome.

Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery

Minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute offer several advantages over traditional open neck or back surgery — and it shows in our patient satisfaction score of 96.^ Using direct visualization, our board-certified surgeons+ access the spine using a less than 1-inch incision. This helps our patients avoid the unnecessary muscle disruption of traditional open spine procedures.

Benefits of minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery at Laser Spine Institute include:

  • Outpatient procedure
  • Less risk of complication
  • Shorter recovery time^
  • Lower infection rate than a hospital-based, traditional open spine surgery

If you’re trying to determine which type of spinal stenosis surgery is right for you, Laser Spine Institute can help. Contact us today to request a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.

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