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Your Questions About Spinal Decompression Answered: Part 2

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Brandon ChiropractorSurgical spinal decompression is a treatment option used to alleviate certain types of back pain. However, it tends to be a last resort after other methods have been exhausted. Your chiropractor may recommend this type of surgery for bone growths, ruptured or bulging discs, and other spinal issues. The procedure is known to produce relief for symptoms related to pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, such as:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Weakness in the spine
  • Sciatic pain and balance problems

Different Types of Surgical Spinal Decompression Procedures

Your chiropractor may suggest one or more types of surgeries to relieve spinal pressure. In addition, spinal fusion may be needed to stabilize the spine. The following are types of back surgery that may be recommended:

  • Laminectomy or laminotomy – A small portion of bone is removed. An entire bony arch or section of it may be removed to increase spinal canal size so pressure can be relieved.
  • Diskectomy – A portion of a disk is removed so nerve pressure can be relieved.
  • Foraminectomy or Foraminotomy – Tissue and bone is removed so openings can be expanded for nerve roots.
  • Corpectomy – The disk between the vertebrae is removed
  • Osteophyte removal – Bone growths are removed from the spine

How many surgeries you have depends on the severity of the condition.

Understanding the Risks

Every surgery has its risks. However, there are specific risks associated with spinal decompression surgery. You will want to talk to your chiropractor about the following risks before opting for surgery:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Nerve or tissue damage
  • Allergic reaction to the anesthesia

It is possible that the back pain will not improve much. It is this fact that makes it difficult to determine who will benefit from the surgery and who will not.

The Recovery

The recovery will depend on how involved your surgery was. The hospital stay is typically no more than five days, depending on whether or not there were any complications. Patients are given medication to control their pain. Rehabilitation ordered by a chiropractor may be rather lengthy.

If the surgery is successful, physical therapy will most likely be successful. Statistically, spinal decompression surgery has resulted in pain relief for up to 90% of patients. However, the surgery does not correct any underlying vertebrae degeneration resulting from aging and wear and tear. This means that the symptoms can return later on.

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