Over time, a person’s spine may deteriorate. As a response, the body accumulates calcium to enlarge the vertebrae and thicken the tendons. Extra bone and tendon can lead to spinal stenosis of the spinal canal. The spinal canal hosts numerous nerves that can become compressed very easily when stenosis develops. If this condition is not treated immediately, stenosis can affect the spinal cord.
At American Spine, we hope to begin treatment immediately on our patients. We know that treatment is most effective the early the patient comes to us, and we want to use the least invasive treatments as possible. In some cases, however, surgery may the only option.
Spinal canal stenosis is a rare condition, but in the event that it does develop, patients should be fully aware of the signs and symptoms:
- Pain- Compressed nerves will promote pain in the arms and/or legs.
- Weakness-Spinal nerves control muscle movements. Compression causes muscle weakness by disrupting the electrical signals.
- Numbness- Compression leads to loss of sensation on the skin’s surface.
Endoscopic spinal surgery is an alternative to traditional open-back surgery. This procedure uses less invasive techniques and is done in an outpatient setting. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision at the affected site after using a local anesthetic. A small tool is the inserted into the incision where it is able to reach the target area of the spine. This minimally invasive technique allows for minimal damage to the tissues and muscles surrounding the affected area. Healing and recovery times are faster under endoscopic decompression.
There are several techniques that a surgeon may use during a spinal decompression surgery:
- Discectomy- relieving spinal pressure by removing a portion of the spine
- Laminotomy- removing the lamina; the small part of the arches of the spinal canal
- Foraminotomy- expanding nerve root openings
- Osteophyte removal- removing the body and the disc of the vertebrae
For more information on endoscopic decompression surgery and other options for your spine condition, contact an American Spine specialist today. Don’t let back pain take over your life. Let our professionals get your life back!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)
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