Understanding minimally invasive decompressions and stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis — minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery for spinal stenosis is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^

There are two main approaches to 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 many 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 damaged 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. 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.

The common minimally invasive stabilization surgeries we perform for spinal stenosis are transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and anterior cervical discectomy fusion.

Before you consider a surgical treatment option for your spinal stenosis, consult your physician to make sure you’ve tried all nonsurgical 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. Our caring team can provide a free MRI review* to help you find out if you are a candidate for our procedures.

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