The lumbar spine is a common spot for back pain, as it is located in the lower back where there is high pressure from daily activities, from standing to heavy lifting. When low back pain is persistent and related to a clearly identifiable cause, minimally invasive surgery may be recommended for your treatment. Here is a look at some common minimally invasive procedures specifically designed for lower back pain:
Lumbar Interbody Fusion:
Spinal fusion surgery is often used in cases where instability is present in the spinal structures due to degeneration or bone deformities. The surgery involves the removal of a damaged vertebral disk, which is replaced with a bone graft. Over time, the bone graft will fuse with the surrounding vertebrae for restabilization and reduced pressure on the nerves in the lower back. Incisions for this surgery can vary depending on the needs of the patient, so the doctor may approach the spine from the front or back of the body.
When a herniated disc is the cause of back pain, a portion of the disc is applying pressure to the spinal nerve. A microdiscectomy uses a small incision in the lower back to view the irritated nerve and remove the portion of the disc protruding on it.
This is another procedure used to relieve pressure from a pinched nerve, but it does not focus on the intervertebral discs. Instead, the surgery removes a small portion of the bone around the spinal canal called the lamina. Patients suffering from nerve compression due to spinal stenosis or disc degeneration will often benefit from the surgery. To learn if any of these surgical procedures can offer relief for your lower back pain, schedule a visit to the Spine Institute of Nevada. Contact us on our website or call 702-239-3787 for a complete list of our surgical procedures and back pain treatment options.