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.
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.