Back pain is as common as a headache. Most back pain disappear on their own with some rest and / or medication. Some may stay longer but can still be managed with conventional treatment building exercise medicine, therapy and back. But, there are some types of chronic back pain so that they make the disabled. Chronic condition requires surgery so as to improve the person’s condition.
There are different reasons that cause back pain. In this article we take a look into the condition caused by compression of the structures that make up the spine, and surgical solutions for spinal problems.
To relieve pressure on one or many pinched nerves of the spinal column caused by the surgery, spinal decompression compression in its various forms – discectomy, laminectomy and foraminotomy – is used. Let’s start with a description of each of these conditions followed by an understanding of the surgical options.
Spine Decompression Surgery: What is it?
Depending on the underlying reasons behind the conditions above, surgical decompression can be used to help relieve the pain. Surgical decompression of the spine can take the form of a discectomy, laminectomy, or a foraminotomy.
Discectomy is the removal of all or part of the affected disk. Spine discectomy can be done in several ways:
It is a minimally invasive way discectomy procedures that implement the bones, joints, ligaments or muscles of the spine are not touched so much faster healing and recovery.
Lumbar discectomy, as the name suggests, is done to address the condition of the lumbar spine or lower back. It can also be part of a larger operation that also includes a laminectomy, foraminotomy, or spinal fusion (fusing vertebrae together to stop movement of the painful joints).
Cervical discectomy is performed to treat conditions of the cervical spine or neck area of the spine. This is most often done with laminectomy, foraminotomy, or fusion.
Laminectomy is the removal of a small portion of the curvature of the spine to increase the size of the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves pinched. Laminectomy is most commonly performed to treat spinal stenosis. This is usually done in conjunction with diskectomy, foraminotomy, and spinal fusion. Laminectomy may be performed using conventional open or minimally invasive methods.
A foraminotomy is the removal of bone and other tissues to expand openings for the nerve roots to exit the spinal cord. Foraminotomy, which is performed at each level (region) of the spine, taking pressure off the nerves in the spinal column and allow it to move more easily. This procedure is usually performed as a minimally invasive procedure.
Spinal decompression surgery successful in reducing pressure and pain in 80% to 90% of patients. When your back pain get the better of you, decompression surgery can greatly help improve your quality of life.
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