Listed below are some frequently asked questions about spinal stenosis. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact Spinal Stenosis Center of Excellence today.
Q: What is spinal stenosis?
A: Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the open space around the spinal cord or spinal nerves. When this space narrows, the nerves and spinal cord can become restricted and cause a range of adverse symptoms.
Q: What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?
A: The symptoms of spinal stenosis will vary depending on the location and degree of the stenosis. Some patients may show no sign or symptoms of spinal stenosis. However, spinal stenosis can cause pain, sciatica, stiffness, numbness, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, and trouble with the bladder or bowels.
Q: What causes spinal stenosis?
A: There are a number of things that may lead to the development of spinal stenosis, including congenital defects, tumors, and trauma to the spine. However, spinal stenosis is usually caused by age-related degenerative issues.
Q: Why is age such a factor with spinal stenosis?
A: As we age, our spinal discs begin to dry out, break down, and shrink. This degenerative process stresses the facet joints and can trigger bone growths, ligament thickening, and cartilage wear. As the degeneration progresses, the nerves and spinal cord are left with less and less room and can become compressed.
Q: Who gets spinal stenosis?
A: Spinal stenosis can affect both men and women of all ages. However, it is most typically seen in patients over the age of 50. This is due to the natural wear-and-tear with age.
Q: What are the types of spinal stenosis?
Q: Does spinal stenosis require surgery?
A: Most spinal stenosis cases are first treated with conservative, non-surgical treatments. These can include medication, injections, exercises, and physical therapy. Surgery may be considered only when these types of treatments have first been attempted.
Q: What are the surgical treatments for cervical spinal stenosis and lumbar spinal stenosis?
A: These types of stenosis are treated with a procedure known as a laminectomy. A portion of the lamina bone in the spine is removed and the narrowing is eliminated by removing excess bone and tissue around the spinal cord and nerves.
Q: What are the surgical treatments for foraminal stenosis?
A: This type of stenosis is treated with a procedure known as a foraminotomy. The foraminotomy is a minimally-invasive procedure for expanding the foramen and freeing the nerves from their restriction. The operation utilizes a micro camera and advanced instruments for freeing up the constriction in the foramen.
Q: How is fusion surgery used to treat spinal stenosis?
A: Fusion surgery may sometimes be used in conjunction with a decompression procedure for spinal stenosis. The spine may become unstable after surgery for spinal stenosis, so a fusion may be performed to help stabilize and secure the spine. Only a portion of decompression operations require a fusion.
Q: What is the coflex spinal implant?
A: The coflex spinal implant is a new, revolutionary alternative to fusion. If the spine needs stabilization after a decompression, fusion used to be the only option. Not anymore. The doctors at Spinal Stenosis Center of Excellence are some of the few in the country expertly trained with the coflex spinal implant, which allows them to offer this amazing fusion alternative. The coflex implant stabilizes the spine without restricting movement and certain activity.
Contact a Spinal Stenosis Expert in Los Angeles
If you are suffering from symptoms that may be related to spinal stenosis and are interested in learning more about the range of excellent treatment options we offer, contact the world-renowned spine specialists at Spinal Stenosis Center of Excellence. Our renowned surgical team provides the highest level of spinal care with a minimally invasive, patient-centered approach. Our surgeons use the most advanced techniques and technologies. If you require surgery for spinal stenosis, our team is ready to help. If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call today at 888.538.0565 or use our contact form.