What type of surgery is performed to treat spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis (narrowing) symptoms, such as back pain and leg muscle weakness, can sometimes be managed without surgery. For instance, many people are able to achieve sufficient relief with physical therapy, medications and other conservative treatments. However, if the spinal canal becomes narrowed to the point that the spinal cord or a nerve root is being irritated or compressed, the resulting symptoms may not respond well to nonsurgical therapies. In these situations, spinal stenosis surgery may be recommended to relieve the discomfort and stabilize the spinal column.

If you’re considering surgery to address severe pain, balance problems or walking difficulties caused by spinal nerve compression, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. Our surgeons perform several types of spinal stenosis surgery, and our minimally invasive outpatient procedures are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.^

How does Laser Spine Institute treat spinal narrowing?

To address spinal nerve compression caused by spinal stenosis, the team at Laser Spine Institute may recommend a specific type of surgery depending on the source of the compression and the location of the affected nerve. We perform two main types of procedures:

  1. Minimally invasive decompression surgery. A surgeon decompresses an impacted nerve root or spinal cord segment by removing a portion of a damaged disc or vertebra that is encroaching on the spinal canal and pressing on the nerve.
  2. Minimally invasive stabilization surgery. After removing all or a portion of a weakened disc to reduce the pressure on compressed nerve tissue, a surgeon inserts an implant into the remaining open space to help stabilize the spine.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery?

Often a clinically appropriate choice, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery offers many advantages over open neck or back surgery.^ While the specific surgical techniques used for each procedure can vary, all involve small incisions and muscle-sparing techniques. Our surgery is so minimally invasive that our patients are encouraged to walk on the same day as their surgery.^

If you’d like to learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute and request a free MRI review.* Our team can explain your options and help you determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery.

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