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Minimally invasive surgery to treat spinal stenosis

Some patients who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or narrowing, will find themselves considering a surgical treatment option to help relieve the chronic back pain associated with this condition. Spine surgery is usually considered a last resort that should only be attempted after exhausting conservative treatments.

If you are beginning to explore the possibility of surgery, it is critical to be aware of all the options available to you. For example, due to advances in surgical technique and medical technology, surgeons are now able to perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is an alternative to traditional open procedures for spinal stenosis.

USA Spine Care is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we can treat spinal stenosis with two approaches: minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

Minimally invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis

Less severe cases of spinal stenosis can be treated with a minimally invasive decompression surgery, which involves the removal of only the spinal anatomy necessary to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve caused by spinal narrowing.

Two of the most frequently performed minimally invasive decompression surgeries for spinal stenosis are foraminotomy and laminotomy. During foraminotomy, the openings between vertebrae, called foramina, that allow nerve roots to exit the spinal column are widened to relieve pressure on a nerve root. During a laminotomy, the lamina, a piece of bone on each vertebra that helps form the spinal canal, is partially removed to relieve narrowing and take pressure off the spinal cord.

Both of these minimally invasive decompression procedures are performed as outpatient surgery in one of our state-of-the-art centers across the country.

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis

If your case of spinal stenosis is more severe, we may recommend a minimally invasive stabilization surgery. These procedures are an outpatient alternative to traditional open back fusion and use muscle-sparing techniques to replace spinal anatomy, such as a degenerative disc, with material to stabilize the spinal column.

The USA Spine Care Advantage

Our muscle-sparing techniques are able to offer our patients the following advantages:

Our dedicated team is committed to delivering exceptional care to everyone who comes to us for help and we are happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us today to learn more.

If you are wondering if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, we’re happy to provide a free MRI review* to help you find out.

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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.

Contact us today to learn more. Call toll free 1-866-249-1627.

Spinal Stenosis "Quick Answers"

Depending on the region and severity Spinal stenosis feels like tingling, burning and/or weakness in the hands, arms, neck, lower back or legs. It may also feel like a radiating pain or shooting shock-like pain. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Overview Defining Spinal Stenosis Researching Spinal Stenosis Learning About Back Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Pathophysiology
The types of spinal stenosis are region based and consist of cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar or lower back. In addition, foraminal stenosis is the narrowing of the foramen. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis of the Neck Cervical Stenosis - Basic Facts Neck Stenosis Causes Neck Stenosis Treatment Central Canal Stenosis Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis in the Back
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. This condition, most often located in the Lumbar spine, may be caused by degeneration of the spine, wear and tear, sports injury, & collapsing discs. Read more in the links below. What Causes Spinal Stenosis? Obesity May Lead to a Stenosis Diagnosis Age and its Role in the Development of Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Causes Identifying Common Causes From Birth Defects to Getting Older Degenerative Conditions Car Accident Injuries
The symptoms of spinal stenosis include tingling or numbness in the extremities, pain and weakness in the neck, back and/or legs. In severe cases bladder, bowel dysfunction/continence. Learn more in the links below: What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis Symptoms Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis What Should I Do If I Think I Have Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis and Hand Pain Recognizing Spinal Stenosis Have You Been Diagnosed? About Your Diagnosis Diagnostic Process Helping Your Physician How a Diagnosis Is Made Arriving at a Diagnosis
Physician specialties that treat spinal stenosis include: Pain management & rehabilitation physicians, spine surgeons, orthopedic specialists & neurosurgeons. Read more about these specialties in the links below: Doctors Who Treat Spinal Stenosis Spinal Decompression Doctors
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 Procedure What to Expect Recovery Times

  • Problems from anesthesia.
  • A deep infection in the surgical wound.
  • A skin infection.
  • Blood clots.
  • 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.

Read more in the links below: Overview of Risk Factors Most Common Risk Factors Obesity & Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis & Arthritis Treating Elderly Patients

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