Traditional open back surgery for spinal stenosis treatment
Spinal stenosis describes the narrowing of the spinal canal and other nerve pathways in the spinal column. The spinal canal protects the spinal cord as it travels from the brain and branches out to the body through small openings called foramina. When the spinal canal narrows, it can cause painful nerve compression.
Common symptoms of spinal stenosis include chronic pain in the neck or lower back as well as radiating symptoms like tingling or numbness. If left untreated, spinal stenosis can worsen and prevent you from doing your daily activities, such as standing for lengths of time, walking, and/or bending.
If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and you have not found any relief from conservative treatment options, such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, surgical treatment to help relieve your chronic pain can become a serious consideration.
Traditional open back surgery for spinal stenosis
When most people consider surgery for spinal stenosis, they think about traditional open back surgery. Open back surgery is typically performed in the hospital and requires several days of postoperative hospitalization for recovery. The total recovery time is usually six months to a year.
During open back surgery or traditional back surgery, a long incision is made and cut through the muscles and soft tissues to access the affected part of the spine. The surgeon then removes any bone matter or tissue causing nerve or spinal cord pressure. If necessary, an implant will be inserted to stabilize the spine if a significant amount of bone matter, disc material or other tissue was removed. This is considered a fusion surgery.
Minimally invasive alternatives
At USA Spine Care, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery with our minimally invasive spine surgery.^ We perform two main types of procedures: minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization surgeries
Both surgeries are performed through a small incision. Because our surgeons take a muscle-sparing approach, we’re able to offer a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.^ A few of our most common minimally invasive surgeries for spinal stenosis include:
Consult your doctor to determine the cause of your spinal stenosis and the best conservative treatment options available for your condition. However, if weeks or months of conservative nonsurgical treatments have been unable to provide you with pain relief, contact USA Spine Care today.
Ask for your free MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient 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.