Spinal stenosis — do I qualify for a minimally invasive spinal procedure?

People who have spinal stenosis understand the mental fatigue of living with chronic, debilitating pain. Spinal stenosis is often found in the lumbar spine (lower back) and causes continual pain in the back and sometimes radiating pain into the leg and foot. In severe cases of spinal stenosis, people have difficulty performing daily tasks. It almost feels like you are being prevented from living your life by this spine condition.

If you are living with the chronic symptoms of spinal stenosis, it is time for you to seek treatment and recapture your life. There are several treatment options available to you, ranging from conservative treatments, like physical therapy, to surgical treatments, like our minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Consult your physician to determine the best course of action to treat your spinal stenosis.

Determine your candidacy for our minimally invasive spine surgery

Before considering spine surgery as a solution to your chronic back pain, it is important that you first take two other steps: confirm your spine condition with your doctor and exhaust conservative treatment options for pain relief.

Schedule a consultation with your physician to review your MRI or CT scan and determine the spine condition that is causing your chronic pain. Your physician will be able to determine the type, location, and severity of your spine condition. This knowledge will help you to work cohesively to create a treatment plan that will most benefit your needs.

If you do not have a physician to review your MRI or CT scan, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our consultant to review your MRI and determine your candidacy for one of our minimally invasive surgical procedures.

In addition to reviewing your MRI, there are several questions we may like you to answer in order to further gauge your candidacy for a spinal stenosis procedure. Possible questions include:

  • Do you lean over the grocery cart for support and/or pain relief while shopping?
  • When you visit a shopping mall, have you already located every chair and resting area?
  • Is it difficult to stand or walk for long periods of time?
  • Is back pain affecting your personal and social life?
  • Do you have pain in your back or tingling and numbness in your extremities?
  • Have you tried complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for neck or back pain, such as massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture or chiropractic care, but found no relief?
  • Are you in a pain management program?
  • Has your physician recommended back surgery?
  • Have you had open back surgery but are still experiencing pain?
  • Has your physician told you that you’re not a candidate for open back surgery?

These questions will help us determine the best route for your treatment. We will explain your condition and your options to you so you can make an informed decision about your treatment plan. Our team is here to help guide you to the most effective treatments available and to help determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures.

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