The most common cause of spinal stenosis is degeneration of the spine due to aging and repeated stress on the vertebrae. As the cushioning discs between the vertebrae begin to collapse, the space between the bones of the spine gets smaller. The development of bone spurs can further reduce the space within the spinal cord. These conditions narrow the spinal canal and result in instability and herniated discs, which can be a cause of severe pain.
Spinal Stenosis and Surgery
There are two types of spinal stenosis surgery; cervical stenosis and lumbar stenosis. Cervical spinal stenosis is the less common of the two and is more dangerous because it involves compression of the spinal cord. Before recommending spinal stenosis surgery, your physician will consider the following:
- An accurate assessment and diagnosis has been performed and the exact location for surgery is known.
- There is no doubt that performing surgery will not worsen the problem, such as causing injuries to the surrounding nerves.
- The spinal stenosis surgery is minimally invasive and will not damage normal tissue surrounding the surgical site.
- The patient’s physical health is stable enough to undergo surgery under general anesthesia.
Spinal Stenosis Surgery Recovery
After you have had spinal stenosis surgery, full recovery will usually take between six months and one year. The speed of your recovery will depend on the extent of the surgery and your progress in rehabilitation. To help strengthen your back after spine surgery, your doctor will probably recommend strengthening exercises and walking to help stabilize your vertebrae.
If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for a spine injury, contact our team at Atlanta Spine Surgery today. We specialize in the most minimally invasive procedures possible for back or neck surgery as well as complete rehabilitation programs. We are dedicated to helping restore your motility as quickly and painlessly as possible.