Spinal stenosis — types of minimally invasive procedures

Patients who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or spinal narrowing, may be recommended to undergo spinal stenosis surgery if conservative treatments have been exhausted. There are several types of surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis, both traditional open back surgeries and minimally invasive procedures. It is a good idea to thoroughly research each surgery option so you can make an informed decision about the best treatment option for your pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we are dedicated to patient-centered care and we believe that patient education is a critical part of this process. We invite you to research and ask questions about our minimally invasive spine surgery and the other surgery options available to you.

Minimally invasive spine surgery versus traditional procedures

For years, traditional open neck or back procedures were the only surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis. During a traditional open spine surgery, a large incision is made in the neck or back, cutting through muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spine. Once the spine is accessed, spinal anatomy that is causing spinal narrowing will be removed in order to decompress any affected nerves. These types of spine procedures typically involve:

  • A large incision
  • Muscle disruption
  • Overnight hospitalization
  • Risk of complications, such as infection

At Laser Spine Institute, we provide a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures with our minimally invasive spine surgery.^ Our highly-skilled surgeons are able to access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision that minimizes the disruption to surrounding muscles. The result is an outpatient procedure that offers a streamlined experience to the people who come to us for help.

Types of minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis

We perform minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat spinal stenosis. Some of the specific types of minimally invasive surgery we perform to relieve spinal narrowing include:

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

To learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can help you receive your free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.

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