Spinal stenosis — minimally invasive laminotomy surgery to relieve pain
Patients who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis have several treatment options available to help relieve the chronic pain associated with this condition. The first step in finding a treatment for spinal stenosis is to exhaust all possible conservative treatment options, including physical therapy, yoga, chiropractic care and epidural steroid injections to temporarily ease the pain.
Unfortunately, few patients with developed spinal stenosis find lasting relief from conservative treatments. If you have tried a series of conservative treatments for several weeks or months with no lasting results, consult your doctor about a different method of treatment to help relieve your chronic pain. As you research the types of surgical options available to you, we encourage you to contact USA Spine Care with any questions or concerns regarding your condition or one of our procedures.
Minimally invasive decompression surgery versus traditional laminotomy for spinal stenosis
At USA Spine Care, we offer a minimally invasive decompression surgery to take the pressure off of the impacted nerve in your neck or back caused by spinal stenosis. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and offers a lower risk of infection as well as no lengthy recovery.^
One of the common minimally invasive decompression surgeries we offer is a laminotomy. The purpose of the laminotomy is to relieve pressure on the spinal cord from a narrowing spinal canal. The surgery is performed through a less than 1-inch incision in the neck or back. Our highly skilled team will move the surrounding muscle fibers and tissues to reach the spine.
To create more space in the spinal canal, the board-certified+ surgeons at USA Spine Care will remove a small portion of the lamina, a bony structure attached to each vertebra. Because our surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, our patients are able to be up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^
A traditional open back laminotomy for spinal stenosis is highly invasive and has a two- to five-day hospital stay. The surgeon makes a large 6- to 8-inch incision, cuts through the surrounding muscle and tissue to access the spine and then removes the portion of the lamina that is compressing the spinal cord.
Recovery time for open spine surgery is lengthy and can take anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the age and general health of the individual. Scar tissue is likely to develop from the disruption of tissue. Most patients find relief from the symptoms of spinal stenosis after undergoing our minimally invasive laminotomy surgery.
Find out if our minimally invasive spinal stenosis procedures would be effective for you
For more information about our minimally invasive laminotomy procedures, please reach out to our dedicated team and request a free MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for the outpatient treatment at USA Spine Care. We can help you recapture your quality of life from your spinal stenosis symptoms.
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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.