Radiculopathy - Surgical Procedures Performed at Marina del Rey Hospital
Spinal surgery is recommended when all the conservative treatment options prove to be ineffective in providing relief from radiculopathy symptoms or if there are signs of nerve damage. Surgery can relieve your symptoms as well as remove the source that exerts pressure on the nerve roots.
At Marina del Rey Hospital, spinal surgeons make use of advanced techniques to perform spinal decompression. In a majority of radiculopathy patients, a spinal decompression is advised during which a small portion of the damaged spine is removed to avoid the pinching of the nerve roots. In some patients, a stabilization surgery will be necessary to improve the stability of the spine and relieve pressure exerted on the pinched nerve.
Minimally invasive spinal surgery is preferred over traditional open surgery because of its benefits such as short recovery period, safety and effectiveness, and lesser risk of complications. During minimally invasive spinal decompression procedures, the muscles and tissues are spared from being damaged as it requires only a 1-inch incision to create an approach to your spine. Then, the bone, ligament, or any other tissue that compresses on the nerve roots is removed. The procedures involved in minimally invasive decompression include the following:
During the minimally invasive stabilization procedures, after removing the affected portion of the disc, an implant is inserted in order to provide immediate stability and pain relief.
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