Spinal Decompression SurgerySpinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression is a procedure designed to eliminate the symptoms of a pinched nerve by relieving the pressure on the nerve. Spinal decompression surgery is successful at relieving back pain for the vast majority of patients.

Spinal Decompression is used to treat back conditions like:

Common Spinal Decompression Surgical Procedures

  • Microdecompression. Also known as a microdiscectomy or discectomy this is a minimally invasive surgical technique. It uses a small surgical instrument or laser to remove a portion of a bulging or herniated disc. Such procedures often use a special operating microscope to aid the surgeon in the procedure.
  • Open decompression. Also known as a laminectomy or a laminectomy this is an invasive surgical technique. It is designed to remove part of the vertebral arch, the lamina, in order to relief pressure on a pinched nerve. It increases the size of the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord.
  • Foraminotomy. Also known an a foraminectomy this procedure enlarges the openings for the nerve roots to exit the spine. It does do through the removal of bone and/or other tissue.

Spinal Decompression Surgical Access

Most minimally invasive spinal decompression procedures performed through a small incision in the patient’s back.

Spinal Decompression Recovery

A lumbar fusion surgery may require a short stay in a hospital, i.e. inpatient procedure. However, some newer techniques can be performed on an outpatLumbar ient basis and allow patients to recover at home.

Advantages of a Minimally Invasive Spinal Decompression Surgery can include:

  • Small incision
  • Preserves muscle
  • Less scarring
  • Less blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Faster Recovery
  • Lower risk of infection

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