Lumbar spinal stenosis — transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery
Spinal stenosis, or spinal narrowing, commonly occurs in the lower back due to age-related compression and gradual degeneration of the spine. This form of spinal stenosis often results in chronic lower back pain, with possible radiating pain in the buttock and leg. As spinal stenosis continues to worsen, you might find yourself having difficulty performing hobbies and activities that include bending, twisting, or running. Severe cases of lumbar spinal stenosis may result in limited daily activity, such as standing for long periods or walking.
If you have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis, speak with your doctor about conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, yoga, and pain medication, to help relieve your pain. Many cases of lumbar spinal stenosis often respond well to conservative therapies. However, if you are not finding lasting relief from conservative therapy, you might consider trying a surgical approach to help relieve your chronic back pain.
Minimally invasive stabilization
For patients who have exhausted conservative treatments for severe lumbar spinal stenosis and are being recommended for fusion surgery, USA Spine Care’s minimally invasive stabilization procedures are an outpatient treatment option that is an alternative to traditional open spinal fusion.
One of the most common minimally invasive stabilization procedures we perform for lumbar spinal stenosis is a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. During this procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision, about an inch in length, in the lower back. Through this incision, the surgeon will gently move aside surrounding muscles and soft tissue to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the damaged disc that is causing the spinal narrowing and instability will be removed, and an implant will be placed in the empty disc space to stabilize the spine and help prevent future nerve compression.
Our minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is performed as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art facilities across the country.
An effective alternative to traditional open back fusion
When most patients think of spine surgery, they often think of traditional open back fusion. Traditional open back fusion is highly invasive, requiring overnight hospitalization and a long, potentially difficult recovery period. These and other difficulties make many doctors and patients alike apprehensive about the prospect of undergoing a spinal fusion.
At USA Spine Care, our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^
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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.