Many patients suffering from spinal stenosis will experience chronic neck and back pain which can impact their lives for many years. Spinal stenosis occurs when bone, disc or ligament growth in the spinal canal press against the spinal cord, causing compression or damage that affects the flow of nerves. This can have devastating effects on the lives of those experiencing it.
At Axis Brain & Back Institute, we understand the problems this can cause in your everyday life. Many of our patients reported experiencing chronic pain and discomfort for years before finally finding a solution in minimally invasive surgeries that worked for them. These types of minimally invasive surgeries lead to shorter recovery time, less pain, and less scarring than traditional procedures.
One such minimally invasive surgery is called a Laminectomy, which works to relieve pressure on the spinal cord, especially in cases of spinal stenosis. If you are experiencing these types of pain, contact Dr. Aryan and Dr. Rubin today to schedule a free MRI review to help you get BACK@IT and live the healthy, active lifestyle you crave.
Compression or pressure on the nerve roots of the spine can cause chronic, often debilitating pain throughout the body, especially in the back. In the case of stenosis, the spinal canal gets narrower because of bone or tissue pressing against the spinal cord, which is what is relieved during a Laminectomy. On the back of the spinal cord is a bone called the lamina, which join together to form the back of the spinal wall. Unfortunately, the tissue inside the lamina can sometimes cause compression on the spinal cord.
The surgeon begins by making a small incision in the neck or back, allowing access to one or more vertebrae. From those vertebrae that need treatment, the surgeon will remove the spinous process and lamina as needed to create more space for the nerve roots and relieve the pressure. The surgeon will also treat any foramina in the spine which may be causing additional pressure to be placed on nerve roots.
Our minimally invasive surgeries are typically outpatient surgeries which do not require overnight stays. The shorter recoveries times go hand-in-hand with less pain, less scarring, and less tissue damage than you might encounter in a more traditional surgery. These are just some of the reasons why we experience a 98% patient recommendation rate.
Symptoms Helped by Laminectomy
Everyone will experience slightly different symptoms due to the severity of the pressure, the reason the nerve is compressed, and individual medical history, but there are a few common symptoms which typically get relief after the procedure. Among them are:
– Extremities experiencing weakness – Weakness in the arms or legs frequently occurs due to the spine’s inability to communicate with the extremities because of the compressed nerves. The location of the compressed nerve will impact where exactly this weakness is taking place.
– Sharp pain – Due the nature of a compressed nerve not being able to properly transmit signals throughout the body, sharp and chronic pain is a common problem.
– Balance problems – Patients may experience balance issues, especially if some of the pain and weakness is occurring in the leg.
For those experience these types of symptoms and problems, contact us today to get your free MRI review and see what treatment option is best for you. Is pain taking you away from living the life you love? Then get BACK@IT and get the help that you need!