Spinal stenosis can be asymptomatic (without any symptoms), but the narrowing of the spinal canal in some areas of the spine are more likely to result in motor skill impairment, while other nerve groups are more responsible for pain signals.
While there are a variety of spinal stenosis causes, in the vast majority of cases the condition can be attributed to one of six broad causal groups:
Whether your spinal stenosis is as a result of age, trauma or any other cause, our team of skilled board-certified neurosurgeons and physicians will work with you to identify the root cause of your condition and treat it quickly and efficiently.
One of the first steps in obtaining a spinal stenosis diagnosis is an imaging test of some sort: either an MRI scan or a CT scan supplemented with a myelogram. As the degree of compression can vary dramatically throughout the day, physical exams simply are not as capable as direct imaging tests at locating and pinpointing the afflicted area.
Another technique that is employed in spinal stenosis diagnosis to help the patient decide if surgery is a good option is an injection into the nerve of a small amount of local anesthetic. If this helps dramatically, the patient may want to seriously consider surgical relief of their spinal stenosis.
Non-surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis are usually prescribed first:
If these methods are not effective, surgery may be needed to eliminate pressure on the nerves.
With skilled diagnosis and knowledgeable surgeons, NSPC can offer the best treatment for your specific condition. Some of the more common spinal stenosis surgeries to treat spinal stenosis are decompressive laminectomy and anterior cervical discectomy.
Decompressive laminectomy Also sometimes called decompression surgery, a laminectomy removes the tissue and bone (called the lamina) that is narrowing the spinal canal and putting pressure on the nerve roots. The purpose of the procedure is to relieve pressure on the nerves or on the spinal cord itself.
Anterior cervical discectomy During this procedure a board-certified neurosurgeon creates a small incision in the front of the neck to remove the cervical disc, inserts a small bone and attach a small plate. This cervical stenosis spinal surgery alleviates the pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, eliminating pain and numbness. Patients typically recover quickly, returning home the next day with little or no pain.
The experienced brain and spine neurosurgeons at NSPC have two innovative systems, the Aquamantys® System and the Misonix Ultrasonic device, that allow them to complete spine surgeries faster while minimizing blood loss and reducing complications.
Aquamantys® System uses radiofrequency (RF) energy and saline to shrink blood vessels, to quickly stop bleeding during procedures.
The Misonix Ultrasonic device preserves soft tissue such as the spinal membrane while allowing expert neurosurgeons to emulsify or melt bone during a laminectomy or discectomy procedure.
At NSPC New York, our spinal stenosis surgery specialists have a variety of treatment options available depending on the cause and location of your spinal stenosis. Visit one of our prestigious medical centers in Long Island to find out how our top neurosurgeons can help you get the relief and care you deserve.
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