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The Benefits of Lumbar Spine Surgery

Robert Watkins IV';

By Robert Watkins IV

Posted on August 27th, 2020 in Spine

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.

Lumbar Decompression

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:

  • low back pain alleviation
  • reduced blood loss
  • low risk of postoperative complications
  • no need for a blood transfusion
  • minimal scarring
  • less damage to muscles and nerves

Lumbar Fusion

The main purpose of lumbar fusion is to relieve the pain the patient is experiencing as a result of their spine problem, which can be degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the discs between two or more vertebrae and subsequently fuses the adjacent vertebrae together by using bone grafts or metal devices. Although lumbar fusion may result in loss of flexibility in the spine and usually requires a long recovery period to allow the bone grafts to grow and fuse the vertebrae together, it remains a very effective treatment for people whose vertebrae are severely damaged.

The following are some of the benefits of minimally invasive lumbar fusion:

  • low back pain alleviation
  • minimal scarring
  • reduced blood loss
  • less damage to muscles and nerves
  • no need for a blood transfusion
  • low risk of postoperative complications

Choose Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Your Lumbar Spine Surgery

Our spine department has several renowned surgeons with a professional experience of over 20 years. Therefore, you can rest assured that if you choose to undergo lumbar spine surgery at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, your health and safety will be highly prioritized. After a thorough examination, our medical specialists will recommend you the most effective and the most suitable lumbar procedure, which is guaranteed to alleviate the distressing symptoms you are probably experiencing on a daily basis. For additional information, do not hesitate to contact our hospital and we will gladly answer all your questions and address all your concerns regarding lumbar spine surgery.