Minimally invasive surgery to treat spinal stenosis
Some patients who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or narrowing, will find themselves considering a surgical treatment option to help relieve the chronic back pain associated with this condition. Spine surgery is usually considered a last resort that should only be attempted after exhausting conservative treatments.
If you are beginning to explore the possibility of surgery, it is critical to be aware of all the options available to you. For example, due to advances in surgical technique and medical technology, surgeons are now able to perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is an alternative to traditional open procedures for spinal stenosis.
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we can treat spinal stenosis with two approaches: minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization surgery.
Minimally invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis
Less severe cases of spinal stenosis can be treated with a minimally invasive decompression surgery, which involves the removal of only the spinal anatomy necessary to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve caused by spinal narrowing.
Two of the most frequently performed minimally invasive decompression surgeries for spinal stenosis are foraminotomy and laminotomy. During foraminotomy, the openings between vertebrae, called foramina, that allow nerve roots to exit the spinal column are widened to relieve pressure on a nerve root. During a laminotomy, the lamina, a piece of bone on each vertebra that helps form the spinal canal, is partially removed to relieve narrowing and take pressure off the spinal cord.
Both of these minimally invasive decompression procedures are performed as outpatient surgery in one of our state-of-the-art centers across the country.
Minimally invasive stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis
If your case of spinal stenosis is more severe, we may recommend a minimally invasive stabilization surgery. These procedures are an outpatient alternative to traditional open back fusion and use muscle-sparing techniques to replace spinal anatomy, such as a degenerative disc, with material to stabilize the spinal column.
The Laser Spine Institute Advantage
Our muscle-sparing techniques are able to offer our patients the following advantages: