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What types of surgery are used to treat spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when the canal in your spinal column narrows. Surgery can reopen your spinal canal.

Three common types of spinal stenosis surgery are:

  • Laminectomy. This is the most common one. Your doctor takes out the bone, spurs, and ligaments that are putting pressure on your nerves. She makes either a single, large cut or several small ones.
  • Spinal fusion. Doctors sometimes do this along with a laminectomy. The join the vertebrae together to reduce movement within your spine.
  • Foraminotomy. Your surgeon expands the portion of the vertebrae where the nerve roots branch out to the rest of your body.

From: Do I Need Surgery for Spinal Stenosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

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