Spinal Decompression Surgery In Allen, TX

by Administrator 4. November 2014 05:18

Spinal decompression can be defined as the surgical procedures performed to relieve back problems caused due to the compression and pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Thickened joints, bony growths, collapsed or bulged discs and bony growths can constrict the spinal nerve openings as well as spinal canal, thus, causing pain and inflammation. Symptoms of spinal compression may include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Instability
  • Paralysis, in severe cases

Types of Spinal Decompression Surgery

  • Laminectomy: In this, the spine surgeon will remove a portion of the bony arches, known as lamina, to expand the spinal canal and release pressure.
  • Discectomy: It involves removal of a part of the disc to eliminate the pressure from the nerves.
  • Osteophyte Removal: In this surgery, the doctor removes the bony growths that are causing the problem.
  • Foraminotomy: This is performed to expand the nerve root openings from where it exits the spinal cord.
  • Corpectomy: This involves removing the disc from the vertebrae.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Surgery?

Spinal decompression can help people with:

  • Disc Herniation: A condition in which the inner portion of the discs penetrate through the exterior layers. This results in pressure and inflammation in the spinal nerves.
  • Protruding or bulging discs: A condition in which the outer disc layers put stress on the nerves in the spine.
  • Stenosis: It is a condition caused due to narrowing of the spinal canal causing pain and discomfort.
  • Sciatica: It refers to pain radiating through the leg due to pressure on the nerves in the spine. 
  • Facet Joint Syndrome: A condition causing dysfunction in the spinal joints.

Apart from these, the procedure can also be helpful for people who have not got pain relief from conservative treatment options.

Advantages of Spinal Decompression Surgery

  • Relieves compressed disc
  • Smaller incisions and minimum formation of scar tissue
  • Quicker recovery and faster return to daily activities
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Decreased pain and use of anti-inflammatory medications
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Minimum side effects and complications
  • Less damage to adjoining tissues and muscles
  • Reduced risk of post-surgical infection

For more details about spinal decompression surgery for various medical conditions of the back, consult Dr. Burg in Allen, TX. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialist, feel free to call at (972) 727 – 9995.

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