Spinal stenosis is a condition that becomes more common as we age and affects those with certain types of spinal disorders. Spinal stenosis is defined as the narrowing of the spinal canal, which restricts the spinal cord and nerves. The symptoms of a compressed spinal cord or nerve can be very painful and debilitating.
The Spinal Stenosis Center of Excellence specializes in a handful of treatments for spinal stenosis, which depend on the type and degree of nerve or spinal cord restriction. When conservative treatments do not relieve spinal stenosis symptoms, the following procedures can be very effective.
Laminectomy is a procedure used to alleviate symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. The procedure is commonly performed to treat lumbar stenosis, but may also be used to treat cervical stenosis. In a laminectomy, a portion of the lamina is removed.
Once this is done, thickened tissue, facet joints, and bone growths can be properly reduced or altered to eliminate pressure on the nerves or spinal cord. In some cases, a fusion or a coflex spinal implant is required for spinal support following the laminectomy.
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Spinal fusion surgery is an operation that creates a permanent bond between two or more vertebrae. It’s a surgery used for a variety of back and spine conditions, and it is occasionally used to strengthen and stabilize the spine and eliminate pain following a decompression procedure.
During a laminectomy, a section of the vertebra is removed to reduce pressure and to create more room for the spinal nerves. This process may cause spinal instability, and the area may need to be fused for support. Instability and unnatural movement between the vertebrae can cause multiple adverse symptoms. Spinal fusion can eliminate these.
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The foraminotomy is a minimally invasive procedure for expanding the foramen and freeing the nerves from their restriction. Foraminal stenosis is the narrowing of the foramen, a canal that lets spinal nerves exit the spine. Foraminal stenosis normally develops when the spinal bones or discs have degenerated. When this degeneration occurs, the space through the foramen becomes smaller and pressure is applied to the transiting nerve.
During a foraminotomy, a small camera and advanced instruments are used to perform a laminotomy and allow access to the foramen. The surgeon then removes excess bone, ligament, or debris and widens the foramen.
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Coflex Spinal Implant
The coflex spinal device is a titanium implant that is used in conjunction with decompression surgery for lumbar stenosis. When a surgeon alleviates this pressure by performing a decompression procedure, the spine can destabilize and become insecure. For a long time, a spinal fusion was the only solution for the instability.
Recent medical developments have resulted in the coflex spinal implant, a device for securing the spine without the drawbacks of fusion. The coflex device is implanted between the lamina directly on the laminar bone, thereby securing that section of the spinal column. Unlike a spinal fusion, the coflex implant is designed to preserve the natural range of motion of the spine. This allows the patient to move and bend more freely and without pain.
The coflex spinal implant is considered a superior alternative to fusion after a decompression procedure, but it may not be available in every case of spinal instability.
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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 treatment options we offer, contact the world-renowned spine specialists at Spinal Stenosis Center of Excellence. If you have been told that you may need surgery for spinal stenosis, 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 for the most effective treatment. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call us today at 888.538.0565 or use our contact form.