What is decompression surgery and what conditions can it treat?

Spinal decompression surgery is often used to treat a spine condition when conservative methods of treatment do not provide lasting pain relief. The goal of this type of procedure is to access the spine and remove spinal anatomy that is putting pressure on a nerve in the spinal column. 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.

At Laser Spine Institute, we’ve helped more than 75,000 people find relief from chronic neck or back pain with our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery, helping to establish us as the leader in this exciting field. As you continue to research your treatment options to relieve your neck or back pain, we encourage you to reach out to our caring 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

Our board-certified surgeons+ perform both minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures. Minimally invasive decompression surgery is often used to treat less severe spine conditions involving damaged discs or vertebrae.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine. Through this incision, the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spine will be moved to the side. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the portion of the disc or vertebra that is impacting a nerve in the spinal canal or nerve root exit.

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

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery

If your spine condition is more advanced or severe, you may be recommended to undergo our minimally invasive stabilization surgery that is an alternative to traditional open spine fusions. These procedures involve the same muscle-sparing approach as our decompression procedures and are still performed on an outpatient basis. If you are interested in learning more about our minimally invasive decompression surgery or our minimally invasive stabilization procedures, please contact our team today.

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