Lower back pain can originate from musculoskeletal conditions, back injury, traumatic accidents, or other causes. Pain in the lumbar portion of the spine, centered in the lower back, originates from different causes. One of the most common reasons for lumbar back pain is the presence of disc herniations. When the structure of the spine is abnormal, misaligned, or injured somehow, it can cause severe pain in the affected area and radiate to other parts of the body. Disc herniations within the lumbar spine can cause interference with the sciatic nerve and cause radiating pain from the lower back down to the leg. Many patients find a solution for lumbar back pain with a lumbar decompression procedure.
A skilled back surgeon evaluates patients to determine the best route of action for their pain and spine condition. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic clinics, we understand that back pain brings many challenges to daily life. Our team is available to evaluate your condition and medical history during a free consultation. If you are continually experiencing lower back pain, a lumbar decompression surgical procedure with our considerate back surgeon may be the solution you are seeking.
Spinal decompression can alleviate the pain when the lumbar spine vertebrae are misaligned, injured, or have a pinched nerve. A small portion of the vertebrae bone is removed to relieve the compression of the nerve. This gives the nerve more space and provides more room to avoid compression. Typically, a lumbar decompression includes one of three different lumbar procedures known as microdiscectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion. Depending on the condition causing pain and spinal abnormalities, an expert orthopedic surgeon can recommend the best surgical solution.
A lumbar micro-decompression procedure is typically performed to fix a vertebral disc herniation within the lumbar region. A disc provides a cushion for the spine and sits between vertebrae to aid in structuring and stabilizing the spinal column. However, when a disc ruptures or slips between the bones, it becomes herniated. This condition may cause pain, numbness, weakness, nerve discomfort, and limitations in mobility.
Many people can live with disc herniations if they don’t cause pain or structural concerns. Although, a recent study about disc herniations found a substantial prevalence within different age groups. Patients between twenty-five and fifty-five have a 95% chance of suffering from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Traditional and non-surgical solutions such as exercise, stretching, therapy, and pain relievers can aid in pain relief. However, a lumbar micro-decompression procedure with an orthopedic surgeon may help remove the piece of bone causing the pain when other treatment measures are exhausted.
In a laminectomy, known as an open decompression, this spinal procedure is used to treat central spinal stenosis. In this procedure, partial or total removal of the rear part of the spine (lamina) is performed to provide more space for compressed spinal cord or nerve roots. Spinal stenosis can cause a decrease in mobility and additional pain or weakness within one or both legs.
The compression of the spinal cord and its surrounding structures may cause varying degrees of pain in the lower back and legs, especially when walking or bending the spine. Through a lumbar laminectomy procedure, the removal of the lamina widens the spinal canal and reduces the pressure on the spinal cord and other areas. When non-surgical solutions such as therapy, medications, and epidural injections have not shown any improvement, a laminectomy may relieve the pain and injury on the spine.
Two or more vertebrae are fused during a spinal fusion to create a section of bone and stabilize and strengthen the spine. This permanently connects the vertebrae and reduces motion between them. An orthopedic surgeon uses artificial bone or bone-like material to fill the space between the affected vertebrae in the lumbar region. Herniated discs, spinal instability, and deformities such as scoliosis can be treated by fusing spinal bones.
In some cases, a combination of these three procedures may be used, depending on the patient’s condition and whether their medical history makes them an eligible candidate. If you have suffered from back pain in the lumbar region, you may be a candidate for lumbar decompression surgical treatment. If you are concerned about what to expect during spinal surgery and the recovery process, our surgeon can evaluate your candidacy. Consultations at our clinics provide more information about the process you may undergo to heal from back pain or deformity.
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Lumbar decompressions can alleviate the sciatic nerve and spinal structures when causing pain. During the procedure, you may be faced down so that the surgeon can access the spine, perform decompression techniques, and fix any spinal abnormalities. A back surgeon and surgical team will be with you throughout the procedure. Our patient promise entails making smaller incisions to reduce scarring and using advanced technology with more refined precision to minimize the pain and optimize the procedure’s effectiveness.
By easing the pressure off the spinal column, you can expect to find pain relief from the abnormalities, conditions, and nerve impingements or compressions that caused the discomfort. As with any surgical procedure, choosing the right surgical group and back doctors can help ease the process and help you feel more comfortable throughout the process. Back surgeons at our clinics are skilled and experienced in assisting many patients in relieving neck, back, and spine pain with varying surgical techniques.
Many patients have reservations about surgeries because of previous bad experiences, fear of pain or additional damage, or the stress of needing to recover and regain strength after a procedure. However, many patients at our clinics have had positive reviews and experiences from the point of an initial consult to the end of their recovery with NJ Spine and Orthopedic clinics.
Components of a standard recovery from spinal surgery include:
We are dedicated to providing skilled orthopedic care for our patients and determining an effective treatment plan. Many patients do not find relief of lower back pain and spinal deformities with the continued use of non-surgical treatments. Often more effective, surgical procedures with skilled surgeons offer permanent solutions.
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The spine is an integral part of the human body, and it aids in mobility and stability when moving and performing daily activities. When the spine is injured, experiences wear and tear, or endures trauma, it can cause structural issues that lead to pain. Our team can perform a thorough evaluation at one of our NJ Spine and Orthopedic clinics. Depending on the cause of your lower back pain, our back surgeon can recommend the proper form of treatment and therapy.
We understand how challenging and worrisome back conditions may be. Our expert doctors are dedicated to helping patients live pain-free lives. You may contact our office by calling (866) 272-9271 or by filling out a contact form, and our staff can help you schedule a free MRI review at one of our clinics.
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