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Minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery can be performed to treat lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS).
LSS is a condition that triggers compression in the spinal cord nerves. It’s typically caused when something like an injury or disease creates a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. Although lumbar decompression is traditionally used to heal LSS, minimally invasive procedures result in reduced blood loss through smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
The award-winning surgeons at Kayal Pain & Spine Center are experienced in performing a wide range of minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedures, including:
What to expect before, during and after minimally invasive lumbar decompression
Kayal Pain & Spine Center’s minimally invasive lumbar decompression procedures are performed through a tiny incision (measuring approximately 1 inch). Using special imaging techniques, your surgeon will accurately insert a tube through the incision to perform the surgery. The muscle and tissues will be gently moved away rather than cut out. This allows your surgeon to directly access the affected part of your spine and minimize damage to surrounding tissues, muscles and nerves. It also helps to alleviate pain quickly.
Following your surgery, you will be moved to the recovery room to be monitored for a few hours.
The procedure itself takes about one hour. Because it’s a minimally invasive treatment, lumbar decompression is performed on an outpatient basis—meaning you can go home the same day. Most patients can resume some light activity within a few days and make a full recovery within six weeks.
Discover the advantages
Before the advent of minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery, patients had to undergo more extensive surgeries. But open surgeries present many risks, especially to older adults and patients in poor health.
Thankfully, technology advancements in surgical devices and imaging led to the development of minimally invasive spinal surgeries, like lumbar decompression offered at Kayal Pain & Spine Center. While open surgery requires large incisions and more anesthesia, minimally invasive lumbar decompression requires only a small incision, which leads to less blood loss and improved outcomes.
The major benefit of minimally invasive lumbar decompression is the immediate relief you feel to your lumbar region due to reduced pressure on the pinched nerve. A minimally invasive technique also presents less risk of damage to surrounding nerves and muscles.