Alternatives to traditional fusion for spinal stenosis treatment
There are several treatment options available for people who suffer from spinal stenosis, or narrowing, to find relief from chronic pain. The first step in the treatment process is to try conservative methods to relieve the pain and improve strength and mobility in your spine. Conservative treatment methods for spinal stenosis include chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain medication, and epidural injections.
If after several weeks or months you have not found any lasting pain relief from conservative treatments, you should consult with your doctor about the surgical options available to treat spinal stenosis. Many patients with severe spine conditions, including spinal stenosis, are recommended to undergo a highly invasive traditional open spine fusion.
At USA Spine Care, we offer an outpatient alternative to traditional fusions with our minimally invasive stabilization surgery. We hope the following information can help you be more educated about the treatment options available to you. You can also feel free to contact our caring and dedicated team at any time for more information.
Surgical treatment for spinal stenosis
There are two primary types of surgical procedures we offer to treat spinal stenosis: minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Many cases of less severe spinal stenosis can be treated with one of our minimally invasive decompression surgeries. However, in cases of spinal stenosis that are jeopardizing the stability of the spinal column, you may be recommended for a minimally invasive stabilization procedure.
During one of these outpatient procedures, the surgeon will make a small incision, about an inch in length, to access the spine. Instead of cutting through the surrounding muscles and small tissues to reach the spine, as is common in traditional open back fusion surgery, our board-certified surgeons+ use muscle-sparing techniques. Once the surgeon reaches the spine, the displaced spinal anatomy that is causing spinal narrowing and instability will be removed. An implant will be inserted to stabilize the spine.
Types of minimally invasive stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis
Two of the most common types of minimally invasive stabilization surgery we offer are Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization® Device and Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. These procedures specialize in decompressing the affected nerve, stabilizing the spine, and helping to prevent future instances of spinal stenosis. For more information about the minimally invasive stabilization procedures we offer to treat spinal stenosis, reach out to us today.
We can help determine if you are a potential candidate for our procedures with a no-cost MRI or CT scan review.*
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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.
^Results are typical, but not guaranteed, each patients experience with spine surgery will differ.
For more information, visit usaspinecare.com/results. The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as a replacement for a medical diagnosis.
*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.