At The Spine Center, we offer a wide range of noninvasive and minimally invasive treatment options. Patients come from throughout Chicago and beyond to benefit from the latest innovations in spinal treatment, including motion-preserving lumbar laminectomy.
WHAT IS SPINAL STENOSIS?
Lumbar laminectomy is most often performed to correct damages from spinal stenosis, a condition that causes narrowing of the spinal cord. In many cases, spinal stenosis is associated with osteodermia or other degenerative disorders. As the bone and other tissues breakdown, they reduce the size of the spinal cord. Pressure on the nerve roots in the lumbar area can affect legs and feet as well as the lower back.
The symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
- Pain in the lower back
- Leg pain, which can radiate from the lower back and buttocks down the leg to the foot
- Leg weakness, causing painful “foot drop”
- Difficulty standing or walking
- In severe cases, loss of bowel or bladder control
ABOUT LUMBAR LAMINECTOMY SURGERY
Lumbar laminectomy is a common, and highly successful, treatment for spinal stenosis. It effectively relieves pressure, or decompresses the spinal cord. Because it does not include fusion, it preserves the flexibility of the spine.
The procedure is performed under anesthesia. A small incision, usually less than five inches, is created over the damaged area of the spine. Next, lamina tissue is removed, giving the surgeon access to affected nerve roots. The facet joints (directly overlaying nerve roots) may be trimmed as needed. When adequate decompression is achieved, the incision is closed.
If you have experienced back pain, leg pain and weakness, or other signs of spinal stenosis, visit The Spine Center for an evaluation. After complete diagnostics, we will discuss the least invasive, most effective treatment options for your situation. Give us a call at (847) 628-8147 to schedule your appointment.