Spinal stenosis — types of minimally invasive surgery options for treatment

Patients who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and have not responded to conservative treatments might be recommended to undergo spinal stenosis surgery for treatment. There are several types of surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis, both traditional open back surgeries and minimally invasive surgeries. Research each surgery option so you can make an informed decision about the best treatment option for your pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe in patient-centered care. That means that our team takes time to inform you about your spine condition and the treatment options available to you. After all, no one knows your pain and your lifestyle better than you. You should be the one to make the final decision about your health care treatment because you have confidence in the treatment option — not because it was recommended to you. We invite you to research and ask questions about our minimally invasive surgery and the other surgery options available to you. Our goal is to help you find pain relief so you can get back to your life.

Minimally invasive spine surgery compared to traditional open back surgery

Traditional open back surgery has long been the surgical treatment method for spinal stenosis. The process of traditional open back surgery usually involves several nights in the hospital for recovery, a large area of scar tissue on the back or neck, and about three to six months of recovery time.

During the process of traditional open back surgery, a large incision is made in the neck or back, cutting through the surrounding muscles and soft tissue leading to the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the diseased portion of the disc or vertebra is removed and the compressed nerve that is causing the pain is decompressed.

The cut and torn muscles usually take about six months to fully heal. Additionally, most people are left with a large scar on the neck or back from the incision. The complication rate for traditional open back surgery is between 9 percent and 19 percent.

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that there is a better option for spinal stenosis surgery. We offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery with our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in one of our world-class surgery centers across the country.

During the surgery, a minimal 1-inch incision is cut in the neck or back. The surrounding muscles and tissue are moved aside, undisturbed, to reach the spine. A portion of the diseased disc or vertebra that is protruding into the spinal canal is removed to relieve pressure on the impacted nerve.

88 percent percent of our patients who undergo minimally invasive decompression surgery report going back to their daily activities within three months after the surgery.

Types of minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis

We offer minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat spinal stenosis. Research the most common types of minimally invasive surgery we perform for spinal stenosis:

  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Anterior cervical discectomy fusion

Consult your physician to find out about his or her opinion on the best route for your surgical treatment. Be sure to research each procedure your physician recommends so you can make an informed decision about your treatment. Also contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures and to ask if you are a candidate for treatment at our facilities.

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