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Spinal Stenosis

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Treatment 

If you’re suffering from spinal stenosis, your doctor may recommend:

Surgical treatment for spinal stenosis is considered after nonsurgical remedies have not provided significant improvement in symptoms, and when the benefits of surgery are deemed greater than the potential risks. In some cases, surgery may be an urgent matter due to the development of severe weakness or loss of bowel and bladder function.

Common surgical procedures used for spinal stenosis treatment include:

Anterior lumbar fusion

An anterior lumbar fusion surgical procedure fuses vertebrae to help ease your lower back and leg pain. It is generally done through an abdominal incision. Depending on how many vertebrae are fused, your spinal fusion surgery may take from three to eight hours. You will spend two to five days in the hospital after this surgery.

Cervical fusion

A cervical fusion surgical procedure fuses vertebrae to help ease neck and arm pain. Cervical fusion usually is performed through an incision in the front of the neck and generally takes from one to four hours, depending on how many vertebrae are fused. You typically will spend one day in the hospital after this procedure. Your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will provide guidance on when you can resume everyday activities.

Cervical laminoplasty

During a cervical laminoplasty, your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon expands the diameter of your spinal canal by opening the lamina (part of your vertebra) using titanium miniplates. This decompresses the nerves and spinal cord, alleviating your pain. This surgery is performed in about two hours, and you will be out of bed and walking the next day. Your hospital stay is typically two or three days. Your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will provide guidance on when you can resume everyday activities.

Cervical laminotomy

During a cervical laminotomy procedure, your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will remove a small portion of your lamina, rather than removing it completely, which is what happens in a procedure called a laminectomy. Cervical laminotomy relieves the pressure on your nerves, alleviating your neck pain. Your hospital stay is typically two or three days. Your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will provide guidance on when you can resume everyday activities.

Laminectomy

During a laminectomy procedure, a portion of your vertebral bone, called the lamina, is surgically removed. There are several types of laminectomy surgery, ranging from microlaminectomy to traditional laminectomy. In a microlaminectomy, very tiny incisions are made and the back muscles are moved aside so the neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon can remove the lamina. Recovery is a few days. During a traditional laminectomy, the incision is large and the overlying ligaments and muscles must be cut. You can expect to spend one to three days in the hospital. Your recovery will depend largely upon the type of laminectomy performed. Your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will develop a postoperative recovery and exercise program that’s right for you.

Lumbar microlaminotomy

During a lumbar microlaminotomy procedure, your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will remove a very small portion of your lamina (part of your vertebrae) using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Minimally invasive surgery doesn’t require large incisions, and uses tiny specialized instruments such as a microscope and endoscope during the procedure. The surgery relieves the pressure on your nerves, alleviating your back pain. You can expect to spend one or two days in the hospital. Your neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will provide guidance on when you can resume everyday activities.

Posterior lumbar fusion

This surgery fuses vertebrae to help ease your lower back and leg pain. Spinal fusion is performed through an incision in your back, and depending on how many vertebrae are fused, the surgery may take from three to eight hours. You will likely be in the hospital for two to three days.

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