Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute — an alternative to open spine surgery for spinal stenosis patients

Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the spinal canal, the bony channel that runs the length of the spine and houses the spinal cord and nerve roots that transmit signals between the brain and every part of the body. When space in the spinal canal begins to shrink, the chances that a spinal disc or other body tissue will rub against the spinal cord or a nerve increase. This nerve compression can cause pain and other debilitating symptoms, and typically these symptoms are the reason that spinal stenosis patients consult with their doctors and discover that they have the condition.

The most common reason that spinal stenosis develops is natural aging. As people grow older, usually starting around age 50, various parts of the spine may begin to break down as a result of years of wear and tear. Deteriorating discs may fail to support the vertebrae and joints as they once did, allowing parts of the spine to shift and contribute to the narrowing of the spinal canal. Osteoarthritis, which refers to the deterioration of cartilage, often plays a major role in the development of spinal stenosis.

Coping with the symptoms of spinal stenosis

The severity of symptoms that can result from spinal stenosis can vary widely, depending on the individual patient and whether the spinal canal is narrowing in the neck, middle back or lower back area. Generally speaking, symptoms can include pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in the area where stenosis is occurring, and these sensations may also radiate to other parts of the body that are served by an affected nerve.

In many cases, spinal stenosis patients can alleviate their symptoms through the use of pain and anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises and ice/heat therapy. In some cases, however, spinal stenosis can cause emergency medical situations, such as paralysis or loss of control over the bladder or bowels. There are some patients who may require surgery to treat their spinal stenosis.

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute

If you’ve tried nonsurgical remedies for several months with little to no symptom relief or your doctor has recommended surgery to address the symptoms of your spinal stenosis, you may wish to learn about the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute. Spinal stenosis is one of the many common spine conditions we treat at Laser Spine Institute, and we’ll be happy to provide a free MRI review* to help determine whether you’re a candidate for our procedures.

The minimally invasive outpatient surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^ The advantages of our approach include a small incision that results in less scarring and less disruption to important muscle tissue than in traditional open spine procedures. Our patients also typically experience shorter recovery periods and a lower risk of complication.^

For more information about Laser Spine Institute and the minimally invasive procedures we perform for spinal stenosis patients, contact us today.