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.
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.