Decompression surgery as a treatment for spondylosis
Decompression surgery may be an option for patients who are dealing with symptoms related to spondylosis that have not responded to conservative treatment options. Spondylosis is a general term for age-related degeneration of the spinal column, especially affecting the spinal joints and discs. Surgery, even minimally invasive decompression procedures, usually shouldn’t be considered until after conservative options, such as the use of medications and physical therapy, have been fully explored.
However if weeks or months have gone by and symptoms are seriously affecting your quality of life and ability to perform everyday activities, surgery can become a serious option.
Laser Spine Institute’s spondylosis surgeries
At Laser Spine Institute, we perform a range of minimally invasive outpatient decompression procedures. After performing a thorough evaluation that includes a physical examination and the taking of diagnostic imagery, we might recommend one of the following procedures:
- A minimally invasive foraminotomy — involves widening the passageways through which nerve roots exit the spinal canal
- A minimally invasive discectomy — involves removing part of a spinal disc that is causing spinal narrowing and nerve compression
- A minimally invasive laminotomy — involves removal of a portion of the bony structure, called the lamina, that helps to form the spinal canal
These surgeries are designed to help address pressure that spondylosis has placed on a patient’s spinal cord or nerve root. By doing so, they can help relieve pain, tingling, numbness and other spondylosis-related symptoms.
When spondylosis occurs in the spinal joints, it may be considered a form of facet syndrome, or spinal osteoarthritis. Patients may also be recommended a minimally invasive facet thermal ablation as a treatment. This surgical procedure is usually performed in conjunction with a decompression procedure to deaden a local nerve in the facet joint, preventing it from sending pain signals to the brain.
Advantages to minimally invasive procedures
Because Laser Spine Institute’s highly skilled surgeons perform these procedures using muscle-sparing techniques, they are associated with a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication^ compared to traditional open neck or back surgeries. At Laser Spine Institute, we can help you evaluate the various types of decompression surgery for spondylosis. To learn more, contact us today.
We’ll be happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.