Minimally Invasive Spinal Decompression Surgery Performed in Houston, TX
Minimally invasive decompression surgery can be an effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery. These procedures are performed to treat neck or back pain and other symptoms caused by an irritated or compressed spinal nerve.
What is spinal decompression surgery?
The goal of any spinal decompression surgery – minimally invasive or traditional – is to reduce pressure on a compressed nerve. Usually, this involves removing tissue, such as herniated disc material, a bone spur or a portion of a vertebra, to create more space for the affected nerve. Depending on the source of the compression, there may be several ways to accomplish this. For instance, a surgeon may perform a:
- Foraminotomy to clear an obstructed foramina (open channel through which nerve roots exit the spinal cord)
- Laminotomy to widen the spinal canal by removing a small portion of the lamina (vertebral arch)
- Discectomy to remove part or all of a damaged disc
When is spinal decompression surgery considered?
Spinal nerve compression symptoms often respond well to nonsurgical therapy. For this reason, many physicians advise their patients to consider surgery only as a last resort for addressing severe discomfort that persists or worsens after several weeks of conservative treatment, such as physical therapy and medications. For individuals who ultimately decide to pursue decompression surgery, a minimally invasive procedure may be a good option to consider.
Why consider minimally invasive decompression surgery?
When spinal decompression surgery is appropriate, a minimally invasive procedure can provide several advantages over a traditional open spine procedure, including a smaller incision, lower risk of infection, less pain and bleeding, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.
If you’ve tried nonsurgical treatments for your neck or back pain but relief continues to elude you, you may want to discuss surgery with a spine specialist at Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, TX. Our board-certified and double-board-certified orthopedic surgeons are skilled and experienced in performing the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive decompression surgery.
As one of the largest orthopedic providers in the Houston, Texas, area, Advanced Orthopaedics is a leading destination for those who are considering spinal decompression surgery. We can review your diagnosis and help you determine if you are a good candidate for surgical treatment.
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