Spinal Decompression

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Spinal Decompression Surgery

Spinal decompression surgery involves an incision anywhere along the spine to expose the vertebrae so that a laminectomy, discectomy or a spinal fusion can be performed to reduce pressure on the affected nerve root. This will help relieve back pain or leg pain that is referred from the back due to nerve root compression. Some of the conditions that may require a spinal decompression surgery include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Bone spurs
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Facet disease
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Annular tear

Who is a Candidate for Spinal Decompression Surgery?

The spinal decompression surgery is offered to patients who have tried multiple other treatments with little or no success. A patient may be a candidate for decompression if he exhibits the following symptoms:

  • significant pain, weakness, or numbness in the leg or foot
  • leg pain that is often worse than back pain
  • no improvement with physical therapy or medication
  • difficulty walking or standing that affects quality of life
  • diagnostic tests (MRI, CT, myelogram) that show stenosis in the central canal or lateral recess

Spinal Decompression Procedure

The purpose of the spinal decompression procedure is to make more space for the spinal cord and to relieve pressure on nerve roots to mitigate permanent damage to nerves. The procedure is offered when a number of other treatment options have not been successful.

You will have restrictions following surgery that include very limited amounts of activity. Lifting, bending and twisting will be prohibited. You may need help with daily activities and should avoid sitting for long periods of time. After an adequate amount of healing time and a follow-up appointment at Harron Neurosurgery, you will be prescribed a rehabilitation program that will help you regain strength and range of motion.

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