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How can stabilization surgery treat spinal stenosis?

Patients with severe spinal stenosis may be recommended for spinal fusion, or stabilization, surgery. The purpose of this surgery is to remove the damaged part of the spine that is causing the spinal canal to narrow, then stabilize the spine using an implant and/or bone graft.

At USA Spine Care, we offer minimally invasive spine surgeries that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^ Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery has a lower complication risk and shorter recovery time than traditional open back fusion.^ If you are recommended for a fusion surgery to treat your spinal stenosis, you’ll want to research our minimally invasive stabilization surgery and make the decision that will bring you the best results.

Types of minimally invasive stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis

Two of the most commonly used minimally invasive stabilization procedures for spinal stenosis are transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and anterior cervical discectomy fusion. All of our minimally invasive surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures at one of our world-class surgery centers across the country.

During a minimally invasive stabilization procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision in the neck or back. Through this small incision, the surgeon will move aside any surrounding muscles and soft tissues to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the portion of the spine that is compressing the nerve root in the spinal cord and narrowing the spinal canal will be removed. An implant will immediately be placed in the now-free space to stabilize the spine and help prevent future spinal stenosis. In some cases, minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed in conjunction with a minimally invasive decompression surgery, which focuses on decompressing the nerve in the spinal cord that is causing pain.

Surgical outcomes of minimally invasive stabilization surgery at USA Spine Care

At USA Spine Care, we’re pleased to have a 98 patient satisfaction^ score. This rating is a testament to our advanced surgical procedures and our exceptional patient care.

We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain. Contact us to learn more. And, if you’d like to determine if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgeries, be sure to ask about receiving a free MRI review.*

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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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