The Benefits of Lumbar Spine Surgery
Every year, nearly 700,000 people undergo spine surgery in the United States for back problems such as compression fractures, herniated discs and spinal deformities. Surgery performed in the lumbar area of the spine, also known as the low back, is one of the most common. There are two types of lumbar surgery, namely lumbar decompression and lumbar fusion. Both entail a series of important benefits for the patient.
At Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we have a whole department that is dedicated to spine surgery and our surgeons have over 20 years of experience in performing these procedures. If you experience pain in the low back and non-surgical treatments failed to alleviate your symptoms or if your condition tends to worsen, you may need to undergo lumbar spine surgery. You can read about the benefits of both types of lumbar surgery in the following.
People who have a lumbar herniated disc or lumbar spine stenosis are usually the best candidates for this procedure, as the pressure exerted on the nerves by the vertebrae may cause symptoms such as pain, discomfort, weakness, numbness and a tingling sensation. The pain people with these conditions experience is medically known as sciatica. During lumbar decompression, the surgeon removes a small portion of the bone over the nerve root or disc material from under the nerve root to relieve the pinching of the nerve and make more space for the nerve to heal. Other spine problems that may make a person eligible for lumbar decompression are spinal injuries such as a fracture or the swelling of tissue and metastatic spinal cord compression, which occurs when cancer from a nearby part of the body reaches the lumbar region of the spine.
The benefits of minimally invasive lumbar decompression include: