Spinal Stenosis Surgery In Plano, TX

by Administrator 12. December 2014 13:23

Spinal Stenosis is a condition in which the nerves in the spine get compressed which results in the narrowing of the spinal canal. This puts pressure on the spinal cord as well as the nerves passing through it. Spinal Stenosis mostly occurs in the lower back (lumbar) and neck (thoracic) area of the spine.

Majority of the patients with Spinal Stenosis recover well with non-invasive treatment options such as anti-inflammatory medications, injections and physical therapy. However, in severe conditions the patient may need to undergo surgical treatment.
Some of the cases in which surgical treatment is prescribed is:

  • If all the non-surgical treatment methods have not been successful
  • If the patient is experiencing numbness, pain and tingling sensation in the arms and legs
  • If the patient has lost sensation in the arms and legs
  • If the patient is in extreme pain for an extensive time period
  • If the patient has lost bladder or bowel control
  • If the motor strength of the arms and legs has considerably decreased

Minimally Invasive Spinal Stenosis Surgery

The orthopedic surgeon mainly performs two types of surgical techniques, namely decompression and stabilization of the spinal cord, to treat Spinal Stenosis.

Decompression Surgery

This is aimed to remove the tissue that is putting pressure on the spinal nerves. Decompression surgery for spinal stenosis may be performed in one of the below given ways:

  • Foraminotomy: If a bony growth or disc is putting stress on a nerve from where it leaves the foramen, the orthopedic surgeon may perform Foraminotomy procedure. This involves opening up of the foramen to ease the passing of nerves through it.
  • Laminotomy: This procedure involves making an opening in the bony plate and in the lamina to decompress the spinal cord and make room for the spinal nerves.
  • Laminectomy: When Laminotomy Spinal Stenosis is not treated by Laminotomy, the orthopedic surgeon may need to remove all or part of the lamina, a procedure known as Laminectomy. Some bony growths and ligaments may also be removed during the procedure.

Stabilization Surgery

Also known as spinal fusion, this procedure is recommended by the orthopedic surgeon only in extreme cases of Spinal Stenosis. It involves using bone grafts and screws to hold the bones together and provide stability to the spine. It may be performed in combination with Laminectomy.

For more information about Spinal Stenosis surgery, consult Dr. Burg in Plano, TX. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon, you can call at (972) 985-1072.

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