Are you experiencing back pain, neck discomfort, or a tingling sensation in your arms and legs? It could be a sign of spinal stenosis. 

Spinal stenosis is a common condition that affects many adults and is characterized by narrowing certain areas in the spine and neck, leading to increased pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. The severity of the case and the nerves affected can result in pain and sensory loss in various areas, including the neck, back, shoulders, arms, and legs. 

In instances where surgery becomes necessary, our team of fellowship-trained spine surgeons specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures, as detailed below.

Spinal stenosis surgery primarily aims to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord and nerves while restoring and maintaining the spine’s alignment and strength. This surgical intervention is considered after exhausting all non-surgical treatment options. As with any surgical procedure, there are both risks and benefits associated with spinal stenosis surgery.

Benefits of Spinal Stenosis Surgery

  • Reduced Pain: Alleviation of discomfort in the neck, back, shoulders, arms, and legs.
  • Increased Stabilization: Reinforcement of spinal stability.
  • Improved Flexibility: Enhanced range of motion.
  • Minimal Scarring: Limited post-operative scarring.

Types of Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Addresses discomfort caused by nerve pressure during its exit through the vertebra’s foramen. It involves enlarging the foramen to relieve pressure on the affected nerve.

Enlarges the opening in the lamina, a protective plate for the spinal canal and cord. Aims to alleviate spinal and nerve pressure.

More extensive than a laminotomy, involving the removal of all or part of the lamina from one or more vertebrae. It creates additional nerve space, sometimes combined with fusion or disk removal.

Recovery Expectations
Many spinal stenosis surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery timelines vary based on individual healing rates and planned activity levels. Typically, patients can resume normal activities within one to six weeks. 

Post-Operative Instructions

  • Schedule Follow-Up: Attend post-operative appointments.
  • Maintain Incision Hygiene: Keep incisions clean and dry, even during showers.
  • Brace Compliance: Wear braces as advised by the surgeon.
  • Physical Therapy: Adhere to prescribed physical therapy protocols.
  • Adequate Rest: Ensure ample rest for recovery.
  • Avoid Immersion: Refrain from swimming or hot tub use.
  • Medication Adherence: Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Lifting Restrictions: Avoid heavy lifting.
  • Driving Clearance: After receiving the surgeon’s approval, only drive again.
  • Tobacco Avoidance: Refrain from smoking or tobacco use for optimal recovery.

When followed diligently, these guidelines contribute significantly to a smooth and successful recovery process after spinal stenosis surgery.

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