Decompression surgery as a treatment for advanced spondylosis

Decompression surgery may be an option for patients who have moderate to severe spondylosis. Surgery — even minimally invasive decompression procedures — usually shouldn’t be considered until after conservation options, such as the use of medications and physical therapy, have been given several months to work. But in the event that these treatments don’t do enough to control a patient’s symptoms, a surgical procedure may be able to provide more meaningful relief.

Laser Spine Institute’s spondylosis surgeries

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several different types of minimally invasive decompression surgery. After evaluating a patient’s imaging scans and treatment history, we might recommend one of the following procedures:

  • A minimally invasive foraminotomy, during which we will widen the passageways through which nerve roots exit the spinal canal
  • A minimally invasive discectomy, during which we will remove part of an intervertebral disc that has slipped or bulged out of place
  • A minimally invasive laminotomy, during which we will remove a portion of the bony structure that serves as a “roof” for the spinal canal

Ultimately, these surgeries are intended to help address pressure that spondylosis has placed on a patient’s spinal cord or nerve root. By doing so, they can help alleviate pain, tingling, numbness and other forms of spondylosis-related discomfort.

When spondylosis occurs in the zygapophysial joints, it may be considered a form of facet syndrome (spinal osteoarthritis). Patients might instead consider a facet thermal ablation as a treatment. This surgical procedure is performed to deaden the local nerve in the facet joint, preventing it from sending pain signals to the brain (much like a root canal).

Minimally invasive advantages

Because Laser Spine Institute’s surgeons perform all procedures using minimally invasive techniques, they are associated with shorter recovery times^ and lower complication rates than traditional open neck or back surgeries. At Laser Spine Institute, we can help you evaluate the various types of decompression surgery for spondylosis. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.