Treatment of central spinal stenosis is usually accomplished with a laminectomy. Since the ligamenta flavum is often a cause of tight constriction around the spinal cord, often it too must be removed. Foraminal stenosis is narrowing of the hole from which the exiting nerve roots must pass, putting pressure on them and irritating them. Herniated discs, bulging discs and facet hypertrophy are common causes of foraminal stenosis.
A new technique called a Laminoforaminotomy creates a very tiny hole to work through and fix the stenosis. Through a hole the size of a dime or nickel (and with the aid of a long narrow tube) our surgeons can perform a laminectomy and foraminotomy. Plus, this new technique does so without cutting muscle, so there is less soreness and less blood loss – usually none. Since less muscle is cut, there is minimal pain allowing the surgery to be performed as an outpatient procedure. This means you get to go home the very same day.
Same day surgeries mean no hospital stay, which means less chance for infections, reduced overall cost and fewer problems. A laminoforaminotomy is one of the newest techniques for treatment of spinal stenosis. When done with a high powered microscope and experienced surgeon, this procedure represents the ultimate state of the art technology used to safely fix your spinal problem.
No pain, no numbness and no tingling
The powerful microscope improves the safety of the procedure by adding excellent clarity for the spine surgeon. It is exceedingly rare to have accidental neurologic injury when there is no blood loss and the doctor can see everything with 10X magnification. The end result is no pain, no numbness, no tingling, no cramping and patients are able to return normal activities very soon. Plus, you no longer have to wait a full year to feel better.
To learn more about this surgery or to discuss other options, contact our Neurosurgery and Spine team at NYC Surgical Associates, where we are happy to discuss this and any other options that may pertain to your care. You may contact us at 888-286-6600 or by submitting our online contact form.