Minimally invasive decompression surgery aims to relieve pressure on the nerves of the spine, commonly caused by stenosis, bulging or herniated discs, and more. This can be achieved with several procedures, whether by removing soft tissue (disc material or scar tissue) or bone (bone spurs, sections of the lamina or foramina) to decompress the affected nerve.
• Laser Spine Procedure
Procedure Spotlight: Laser Spine Procedure
This procedure treats soft tissue problems such as herniated disc or scar tissue, and the innovative approach is exclusive to North American Spine.
In the “sacral” approach, the physician will insert an endoscopic fiber-optic scope through a tiny incision and into the sacrum, the natural opening at the base of the spine. Through direct visualization of the entire lumbar spine, the physician is able to examine the inside of the spinal canal and the discs of the lumbar spine to identify any tears, ruptures, herniation, bulges, or other abnormalities. The physician then uses the laser to shrink the damaged disc material and relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. Also performed is the “posterior lateral” approach, in which your doctor uses a hollow needle and fiber optic scope to travel directly to the problem area in any section of the spine.
“[I had] immediate spasms and severe pain in my low back, sometimes a burning going down my leg. My outer thigh had become numb. I would take Flexeril and Tylenol 3 for weeks to control pain. Could not get comfortable laying down, which caused a bit of sleep deprivation… I have had ZERO pain since the procedure. It feels like a new back— very solid and totally pain free.”
—Dave P., Minimally Invasive Laser Spine Procedure—Lumbar