One of the most common conditions that spine surgeons treat is lower back pain. It affects up to 80 percent of people at some point in life, and between 20 and 30 percent of people at any given time, according to The American Spinal Decompression Association (ASDA).
More often than not, this lower back pain is caused by a condition called spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal caused by aging, genetics and poor posture, among other things.
For many people, this is a debilitating situation. Leading a normal lifestyle is difficult, as walking and keeping balance creates a considerable amount of back pain. If left untreated, the symptoms can, and will, worsen. Some may find it hard to believe that there is not only a safe and effective treatment for it, but also one that is quick and simple.
Doctors at NJ Spine & Orthopedic in New Jersey conduct a minimally invasive procedure called a Laminoforaminotomy to quickly eliminate spinal stenosis in one day. As this procedure gains traction in the spinal care industry, NJ Spine & Orthopedic doctors are paving the way for more effective, less invasive treatment options and quicker recovery for back pain sufferers.
““We’ve come a long way in the advancement of treating spinal stenosis and the debilitating pain that comes along with it,” Dr. Steven Schiebert, one of the team’s leading laser spine surgeons, said. “Thankfully, people don’t have to go through invasive procedures that are painful, complicated and require months of recovery anymore.”
For patients suffering from lower back pain, the benefits to receiving a laminoforaminotomy treatment are undeniable, but how does it work exactly?
WHAT IS A LAMINOFORAMINOTOMY?
A Laminoforaminotomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery performed on patients who are diagnosed mainly with spinal stenosis and herniated discs. The technique used during the procedure is quick and engineered to minimize pain by only creating a one-inch incision, unlike highly invasive orthopedic surgery methods that require six to eight large incisions.
Using a narrow tube that is entered into the space no larger than the size of a nickel, the NJ Spine & Orthopedic doctors repair the stenosis without harming the surrounding muscle by working around it, instead of cutting through the muscle.
A ONE-DAY OUTPATIENT PROCEDURE
The precise and efficient Laminoforaminotomy technique can be done in a one-day outpatient procedure. Patients leave the same day of surgery and spend the post-op recovery in their own home rather than in a hospital. By eliminating a long and costly hospital stay, patients return to normal activities within days after surgery.
A SHORTER RECOVERY TIME
The recovery time for this minimally invasive treatment lasts only a few days. Traditional open back surgery requires a lengthy hospital stay, followed by months of recovery and, most likely, physical therapy. The technique performed during a Laminoforaminotomy allows for drastically reduced pain, numbness and discomfort during the short recovery phase.
A QUICK STEP TOWARDS LONG-LASTING RELIEF
Dr. Schiebert is a veteran performer of the Laminoforaminotomy, despite it being a relatively new development in spine care industry. The NJ Spine & Ortho team has performed the procedure hundreds of times and have experienced first-hand the life-changing relief their patients now have.
“A majority of patients are back to normal activity within a matter of days,” Schiebert says. “And they’re doing it free of the pain, tingling, and immobility that they had before. That’s enough reason to look into a Laminoforaminotomy right there.”
Perhaps the best benefit of all? The results are long-lasting, keep your spine healthy and pain-free, and allow you to return to a normal life.