Spinal stenosis — do I qualify for a minimally invasive spine procedure?
People who have spinal stenosis understand the toll that living with chronic pain can have on your life. 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’s 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 doctor or the spine care experts at Laser Spine Institute to determine the best course of action to treat your spinal stenosis.
Determine if our minimally invasive spine surgery would be effective for you
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 together 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 contact Laser Spine Institute to schedule a free MRI review* with our team that will determine if our procedures would be effective for relieving your condition.
Find out if you are a candidate for our spinal stenosis surgery
In addition to reviewing your MRI, there are several questions we may like you to answer in order to further gauge if you are a candidate 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 the options available 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 determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spinal stenosis procedures.