Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows, causing pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, and weakness. The treatment for spinal stenosis depends on the severity of the condition and the symptoms experienced by the patient.
The least invasive surgery for spinal stenosis is typically a procedure called a minimally invasive decompression. This procedure involves making a small incision and using specialized tools to remove the portion of the bone or tissue that is causing pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Minimally invasive decompression typically has a shorter recovery time and fewer risks and complications than traditional open surgery.
Another option for treating spinal stenosis is a minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy. This procedure involves removing the lamina, a portion of the bone in the spinal canal, to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
At the Spine and Performance Institute Dr Sharan has pioneered the next advancement in minimally invasive spine surgery with a procedure called Awake Spine Surgery. This procedure uses a combination of local and regional anesthesia, along with twilight anesthesia. By avoiding general anesthesia patients are able to get up and mobilize quickly after surgery.
Here is a link to one of our patients, 4 hours after spine surgery.
It is important to discuss your options with your doctor and weigh the benefits and risks of each procedure before making a decision about treatment.
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