Laminotomy surgery to treat Philadelphia’s back pain sufferers available at Laser Spine Institute
Most patients suffering from chronic pain and symptoms in their neck and back are dealing with some type of nerve or spinal cord compression. This compression may lead to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. These symptoms can radiate or manifest themselves in the area of the compression. Often, patients dealing with this type of compression can find relief in conservative treatment options. However, for a portion of patients, no conservative treatments are effective, and surgery becomes the best option available.
Surgeons at Laser Spine Institute’s Philadelphia facility perform a minimally invasive procedure that stands as an alternative to the invasive open neck or back procedures traditionally used to treat this type of compression. Laser Spine Institute’s procedure is called a laminotomy. During a laminotomy procedure, the surgeon will make a less than 1-inch incision. Through this incision, the surgeon will use a series of tubes to dilate the muscle, eliminating the cutting and tearing of surrounding muscle tissue. This greatly reduces the recovery time and pain associated with the procedure. Once the muscle is dilated, the surgeon will insert the direct visualization and magnification tools into the largest tube used.
The laminotomy procedure is done by removing a small amount of the lamina in order to open a working window to the spinal column. Once this window is open, the surgeon will remove any bone spurs or disc material that may be pressing against the spinal cord or nerve roots causing the compression.
Conditions treated by a laminotomy
There are a number of conditions that may cause the type of compression treated by a laminotomy. These conditions include:
- Spinal stenosis – The spinal column can be narrowed by a number of different things. Often, the narrowing is caused by disc material or bone spurs. The laminotomy is done to remove these and open up the spinal canal, allowing the nerves to pass freely.
- Herniated or bulging discs – When discs herniate or bulge they can move from their general locality. When this occurs, the disc material may compress the spine. The laminotomy is performed in order to remove the disc material and decompress the spinal cord or surrounding nerves.
- Pinched nerves – Nerves can be pinched by a number of different conditions. The laminotomy generally allows the surgeon to access the pinched nerve and remove whatever is causing the compression.
- Bone spurs – Bone spurs are generally asymptomatic. However, depending on the location of the spur, the condition can lead to stenosis or direct compression of nerve roots or the spinal cord. The laminotomy is performed in order to remove these bone spurs and open the spinal canal.
- Sciatica – Sciatica is simply the compression of the sciatic nerve. A laminotomy is done to relieve this compression and eliminate the symptoms associated with sciatica.
- Arthritis of the spine – Though there is no cure for arthritis, the surgeon may be able to clean up the arthritic area during the laminotomy procedure.
If you are suffering from any of these conditions and think that you may be a candidate for a laminotomy at Laser Spine Institute’s Philadelphia facility, contact us today.