Lumbar spinal stenosis is one of the common causes of the lower back pain. As we age, our spine changes. The normal wear and tear effects of aging may lead to narrowing of the spinal canal. This very condition is called spinal stenosis. Degenerative changes of the spine can be seen in about 95 percent people by the age of 50. Spinal stenosis mostly occurs in adults over 60 years of age. Pressure on the nerve roots is also equally common in both men and women.

A very small number of people are born with back problems that later develop into lumbar spinal stenosis. This condition is known as congenital spinal stenosis. Men are the common victims of this problem. People generally first notice symptoms between the ages of 30 and 50.

Causes

Spinal stenosis may be caused by several processes that decrease the amount of space in the spinal canal available for nerves. Degenerative causes such as arthritis are the commonest, but stenosis may occur in individuals born with a spinal canal smaller than normal or have rare conditions like tumors and metabolic conditions.

Symptoms

Back pain- Individuals with spinal stenosis may or may have not pain, depending on the severity of arthritis that has developed.

Burning pain in legs or buttocks- Pressure on the spinal nerves can cause pain in the areas that the nerves supply. The pain may be described as a burning feeling or as an ache. It usually starts in the area of the buttocks and reaches down the leg.

Numbness or tingling in legs or buttocks- As pressure on the nerve increases, tingling and numbness often accompany the burning pain. However, not all patients will have both numbness and tingling and burning pain.

Weakness in the legs- When the pressure reaches a critical level, weakness may occur in one or both legs.

Treatment

Minimally invasive spine surgery is the safest and most effective alternative to traditional open bacl surgery for spinal stenosis. There are mainly two types of minimal invasive surgery for spine stenosis: minimally invasive decompression and minimal invasive stabilization.

The type of surgery available for you depends on the location, cause and the severity of spinal stenosis.

Treatment

Minimal Invasive Decompression Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

Minimal invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis can help you treating mild and medium cases of spinal stenosis. The majority of our patients fall into this category.

Laminotomy and foraminotomy are two most commonly performed minimally invasive decompression surgeries for treating spinal stenosis. The aim of the decompression surgery is to remove the effectedportion of the spine, i.e. a bone spur, portion of a herniated disc, or other abnormality. The procedure is commonly performed through a small, less than an inch incision for preventing excessive scar tissue and muscle disruption.

Minimal Invasive Stabilization Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

For more severe cases of spinal stenosis, the stabilization surgery may be required to treat the chronic pain and symptoms.

The stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision in the side, neck, or back, depending on the location of the spinal stenosis. Our expert surgeon will access the spine by carefully moving aside the surrounding muscles, disallowing any muscle or soft tissue to be disrupted in the process. Once the spine is accessed, our surgeon will remove the infected area. When the area is removed, an implant will be inserted into the empty space for immediately stabilizing the spine.

Locations