Decompression surgery — overview and conditions treated

Decompression spine surgery is often used to treat a spine condition when conservative methods of treatment do not provide lasting pain relief. For most patients, the thought of spine surgery seems daunting and overwhelming. Additionally, the risks of traditional open back surgery and the extended recovery time make spine surgery seem like a “last resort” option for many people.

If you are suffering from chronic neck or back pain, you may understand the frustration of being forced to choose between spine surgery or a life of chronic pain. For many of our patients at Laser Spine Institute, they chose a life a pain for years to avoid enduring a traditional open back surgery because of the risks and complications. However, once our patients learned that we offer a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery, they sought our minimally invasive spine surgery and found relief from their chronic pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we’ve helped more than 75,000 people find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Every year, more people come to us for spine surgery than any other spine surgery facility in the country. Our precision and patient satisfaction rate has named us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

As you continue to research your treatment options to alleviate your neck or back pain, we encourage you to reach out to our care team with any questions. Our goal is to inform you of all of your treatment options, both conservative and surgical, so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.

What to expect during a minimally invasive decompression surgery

Minimally invasive decompression surgery is often used to treat spine conditions with partially diseased discs or vertebrae.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small, 1-inch incision in the neck or back. Through this incision, the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spine will be moved to the side, undisrupted, to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the diseased portion of the disc or vertebra that is impacting a nerve in the spinal canal. After the diseased component of the spine is removed and the nerve is decompressed, the incision is closed.

The most common spine conditions treated by our minimally invasive decompression surgery include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Traumatic spine injury

This surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means our patients are able to leave the same day the surgery is performed, after evaluation and recovery from the anesthesia.

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery

If your spine condition is more advanced and the diseased portion of your spine is fully infected, you may be recommended to undergo our minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed in the same manner as our minimally invasive decompression surgery, except the entire diseased disc or joint is removed instead of the partial removal involved in the decompression surgery.

Once the diseased portion of the spine is removed, the surgeon will insert an implant in the empty space to stabilize the spine and help prevent further deterioration in that area.

If you are interested in learning more about our minimally invasive decompression surgery or our minimally invasive stabilization surgery, please contact our care team. We are here to help guide you to a treatment for your spine condition so you can find lasting pain relief.