Surgery is done to relieve pressure on the
nerve roots. This can
help reduce pain, numbness, and weakness in your legs.
Surgery may be
Your pain, numbness, or weakness is so bad that it
gets in the way of normal daily activities and hurts your quality of life.
You are in otherwise good health.
The goal of surgery is to
relieve pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs—not to relieve back pain.
People who have surgery only for back pain are less satisfied with the results
than are those who have surgery for nerve root symptoms and pain in both the
back and legs. Also, numbness, weakness, and pain may return after surgery.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Should I Have
Decompressive laminectomy, which
relieves pressure on the spinal nerve roots, is the most common procedure for
relieving spinal stenosis. This surgery may be done with or without
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June 04, 2014
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