Spinal Stenosis Surgery for Patients from DeKalb, IL & Surrounding Areas
Spinal stenosis surgery may be recommended for an individual who is experiencing reduced quality of life due to severe back pain or leg weakness that does not respond sufficiently to conservative treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. For instance, spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal that often results from age-related degeneration) can cause nerve compression that sometimes leads to walking difficulties. Residents of DeKalb and the surrounding Illinois areas who are dealing with these symptoms can turn with confidence to the spine specialists at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute.
MOI’s spine center was created to provide patients and referring physicians in DeKalb, IL, with access to a center of excellence that provides treatments for a full range of spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis. We are committed to practicing conservative orthopaedic medicine, which means that we generally view surgery as a last resort. However, if spinal stenosis surgery is recommended, our fellowship-trained neuro/spine surgeon is experienced in performing the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive outpatient procedures.
There are two main types of spinal stenosis surgery: laminectomy and spinal fusion. A spine specialist at MOI can explain each procedure in detail and provide individualized advice. In general:
- Laminectomy is a decompression procedure through which a neuro/spine surgeon alleviates pressure on the spinal cord or a spinal nerve root by creating more space within the spinal canal. To do so, the surgeon will typically remove a lamina (bony arch at the back of a vertebra) or bone spur. Laminectomy can be performed as open surgery, in which the surgeon accesses the spine through one large incision, or as a minimally invasive procedure, in which the surgeon accesses the spine through several small incisions.
- Spinal fusion may be performed along with decompression surgery if the spinal degeneration has progressed to the point that it is creating instability. By allowing two vertebral bones to grow solidly together, this procedure can help reduce pain and prevent further nerve compression.
After spinal stenosis surgery, a patient may be advised to temporarily wear a brace for comfort. Most patients are encouraged to begin walking as soon as possible. Through an individualized physical therapy program, a patient can gradually build and maintain strength, endurance, and flexibility during the healing process.
To learn more about spinal stenosis surgery and other treatment options available at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our offices in the DeKalb, IL, area.