Spinal stenosis — minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery
There are two main facets of minimally invasive spine surgery: minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Both surgeries can be used to treat the symptoms of spinal stenosis. The type of surgery available to you depends on the cause, location, and severity of your spinal stenosis.
Minimally invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis
Our minimally invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis can help treat mild and medium cases of spinal stenosis. Most of our patients fall into this category.
Laminotomy and foraminotomy are two of our most commonly performed minimally invasive decompression surgeries to treat spinal stenosis. The goal of minimally invasive decompression surgery is to remove the diseased portion of the spine, i.e. a portion of a herniated disc, bone spur, or other abnormality, in order to decompress the nerve root in the spinal cord.
The procedure is performed through a small, 1-inch incision to prevent excessive scar tissue and muscle disruption. Through this incision, the infected portion of the spine is removed and the nerve decompressed. Since the surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, patients are able to return home the same day the surgery is completed.
Minimally invasive stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis
For more severe cases of spinal stenosis, minimally invasive stabilization surgery may be required to treat the chronic pain and symptoms.
Minimally invasive stabilization surgery is also performed through a small incision in the neck, side, or back, depending on the location of the spinal stenosis. The surgeon will access the spine by carefully moving aside the surrounding muscles, not allowing any muscle or soft tissue to be disrupted in the process. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the infected area, which could be a disc or vertebrae. Once the area is removed, an implant will be inserted into the empty space to immediately stabilize the spine.
Before you consider a surgical treatment option for your spinal stenosis, consult your physician to make sure you’ve tried all non-surgical treatments that might be helpful in relieving your pain. If you’d like to learn more about the minimally invasive outpatient procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today and we can help you find out if you are a candidate for our procedures.