Minimally invasive lumbar decompression is a type of back surgery that boasts a more than 80% success rate and few risks or complications. At Broward Specialty Group, with three convenient locations in Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, and Pompano Beach, Florida, the team performs minimally invasive lumbar decompression as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression, also known as lumbar laminectomy, is a type of back surgery used to relieve lower back and leg pain. This type of operation takes the pressure off your spinal nerve roots, easing discomfort and minimizing symptoms like tingling, numbness, and weakness.
A minimally invasive lumbar decompression provides the same outcomes as traditional laminectomy surgery. The only difference is that it’s much quicker and uses smaller incisions, ensuring a faster recovery process.
During a minimally invasive lumbar decompression operation, your Broward Specialty Group surgeon removes a small portion of the lamina, a thin piece of bone that juts out from each vertebra. Removing the lamina takes the pressure off of one or more nerves. The change in pressure eases pain and inflammation, allowing for a wider range-of-motion.
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression uses small surgical instruments that allow your surgeon to separate soft tissues like muscles and ligaments without cutting through them. This results in less postoperative pain. It also means your body has less healing to do, allowing you to return to work and other activities within a few weeks.
Only a pain management expert can determine if you qualify for minimally invasive lumbar decompression. During your initial consultation at Broward Specialty Group, your provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle.
If you’ve tried various conservative treatments, like physical therapy, losing weight, quitting smoking, and facet joint injections, but your lower back pain persists or worsens, you’re probably a good candidate for lumbar decompression.
During your appointment, make sure to let your provider know about any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements you take regularly. You’ll also want to discuss any underlying health problems you have.
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression is an outpatient procedure so you can return home on the same day as your operation. You’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home because the anesthesia takes several hours to wear off.
In the days following your operation, adhere to your surgeon’s recovery instructions. Take your medications as prescribed, avoid strenuous activities, and attend all of your follow-up appointments. Recovery is relatively quick and usually free of complications. Most people can return to work a week or two following surgery.
To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive lumbar decompression, schedule an appointment at Broward Specialty Group. Call the office or book a consultation online today.