The board certified physicians at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating various orthopedic conditions of the back and spine. Their area of expertise also lies in using the most advanced techniques to perform spinal decompression surgery to release pressure from the nerves and muscles in the back.  

Spinal Decompression Surgery

Spinal decompression is a set of surgical procedures aimed at relieving pressure from the nerve roots or the spinal cord. It can be performed anywhere along the spine, from the upper (cervical) to the lower part (lumbar). Herniated discs, bone spurs or stiffened joints, all these can lead to the narrowing of the spinal canal and cause inflammation in the nerves passing through it. This condition is commonly known as Spinal Stenosis. A patient with spinal compression may experience the following symptoms:

  • Intense pain
  • Weakness
  • Tingling and numbness in the leg
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Instability

Spinal Decompression: The Procedure

Spinal decompression surgery is usually performed using minimally invasive techniques under the effect of general anesthesia. The spine surgeon in Frisco may make an incision into the back muscles and tissues to reach the external part of the spine. A tubular retractor with an endoscope or camera may be inserted through this opening to have a clear view of the spinal anatomy. After that, the spine surgeon may remove the pain causing structures, bony growths or ligaments to relieve pressure from the nerve roots or the spinal cord itself.

Spinal Decompression Procedures

  • Laminectomy: It involves removing the inflamed facet joints, stiffened tendons and the entire lamina covering the spine and nerves.
  • Laminotomy: In this, the spine surgeon may remove only a small portion of the lamina to remove pressure from the discs.
  • Laminaplasty: This procedure is mostly performed in the cervical spine. It involves cutting the laminae on either side in order to expand the spinal canal.
  • Foraminotomy: This is the removal of the bones adjacent to the neural foramen – the space amid the vertebral column from where the nerve roots exit the spinal canal.
  • Discectomy: During this procedure, the surgeon removes only the protruding part of the disc that is putting pressure on the spinal canal.

Benefits of Spinal Decompression Surgery

  • Relieves compression from spinal vertebrae
  • Smaller incisions
  • Decreased pain
  • Reduced scars
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less damage to adjacent tissues and muscles

To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.