Spinal decompression surgery is aimed at relieving symptoms caused by the compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. Symptoms include persistent back or neck pain & radiating limb pain, known as radiculopathy.
Spinal decompression surgery involves various techniques:
Laminectomy: This entails removing vertebrae's lamina, the bony roof over the spinal canal, to decompress both sides.
· Laminotomy: It involves removing a part of the lamina to decompress one side while preserving most of it.
· Microsurgical Laminoplasty: This minimally invasive method uses small incisions & a microscope for decompression.
· Microdiscectomy: Primarily for lumbar herniated discs causing sciatica, it removes portions of the herniated disc via muscle-sparing incisions.
· Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy: Similar to microdiscectomy, this procedure uses small incisions & a scope to remove herniated disc material.
Anesthesia & Recovery
Most spinal decompression surgeries are performed under general anesthesia. Patients are encouraged to walk on the same day as surgery. Returning to work generally takes 2 to 4 weeks, with microdiscectomy patients potentially resuming work sooner.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is safe, effective & affordable. No hospital, no operation, no anesthesia, no extended recovery. MRI studies verify the retraction/reduction of disc bulges/herniations. Equally important for lasting relief; the disc & surrounding structures rehydrate. Research suggests that continued improvements are seen up to 4 years following decompression treatment programs.