Lower back pain can result from various conditions, although spinal stenosis is a frequent cause. Growth of bone spurs or enlargement of joints increases pressure on nerves in or around the spinal cord in your lower back. While medication and physical therapy may reduce your symptoms, only lumbar decompression surgery can permanently relieve the pressure. Depending on your situation, there are various techniques available, and most of them are minimally invasive. The founder of NU-Spine, Dr. Branko Skovrlj, has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on these procedures and has received many awards. Located in Edison, NJ, NU-Spine can resolve your back pain for good. Call today to find out if you are a candidate for decompression back surgery.
What Is Lumbar Decompression?
Also known as a laminectomy, lumbar decompression surgery relieves the pressure on your spinal cord by removing the lamina section of one or more spinal vertebrae — the bone that covers the back of your spine. The lumbar portion of your spine refers to the area of your lower back.
By removing the lamina, your back doctor creates space in your spinal canal and relieves the compression on your lumbar spine. If you’re suffering from lower back pain, it may be due to spinal compression. Lumbar decompression surgery may be the right solution for you.
Dr. Branko Skovrlj is a renowned expert on spine surgery and the founder of NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in Edison, New Jersey. Dr. Skovrlj and his team of specialists at NU-Spine have the state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to relieve your lower back pain.
What Causes Lumbar Compression?
Lumbar compression results from excessive pressure on your spinal cord. Bony growths on your vertebrae inside the spinal canal or bulging discs that extend into the spinal canal are usually responsible. Sometimes called bone spurs, the bony growths can result from low back arthritis or just a normal function of aging.
Bone spurs or damaged vertebral discs that intrude inward narrow your spinal canal, creating pressure on your spinal nerves. This pressure is often quite painful. Spinal stenosis in your lumbar spine is the condition that compresses your spinal cord. Stenosis can result from:
- Herniated discs
- Bone spurs
- Thick ligaments
- Enlarged joints
- Damaged, leaking discs
What Are the Alternatives to Lumbar Decompression Back Surgery?
In recent years, chiropractors have been marketing traction therapy treatments that can cost over $100,000, but clinical research has found the long-term results disappointing. You can find temporary relief such non-surgical treatments as:
- Physical therapy treatments, exercises and stretches
- Prescription medications, some of which can be addictive
But these treatments can’t deliver the pain relief you can experience after lumbar spine decompression. Surgery is the only proven method of relieving lumbar disc compression. Trust a spine surgeon specialist to minimize any associated risks. Dr. Skovrlj is an award-winning neurosurgeon who focuses his practice on minimally invasive surgical techniques.
What Types of Lumbar Decompression Back Surgery Are Available?
After Dr. Skovrlj has performed a thorough physical exam and a review of your medical history, he reaches a conclusive diagnosis. Then he can choose the right procedure for your lumbar disc decompression. He’s an expert in various techniques, including:
- Laminectomy. Your spine surgeon removes the back portion of your vertebra, called the lamina, to relieve spinal pressure.
- Discectomy. Your doctor removes either part or all of a herniated disc.
- Microdiscectomy. This is a more precise version of a discectomy. Your surgeon uses a microscope to make a smaller incision and view your spinal nerves.
- Lumbar foraminotomy. Your surgeon removes the bone enclosing your neural foramen, the channel where your nerves exit your spine. It’s necessary after extensive disc degeneration, when your foramen begins to pinch a nerve.
- Hemilaminectomy. When extensive lumbar disc decompression is required, your surgeon removes the lamina from several vertebrae.
- Spinal fusion. Lumbar decompression and instrumented fusion are necessary when your spine requires additional support. Your surgeon uses plates and screws to fuse adjoining vertebrae. Open lumbar decompression and fusion surgery can deliver lasting relief from lower back pain.
Is Lumbar Decompression Back Surgery Right for Me?
Only your spine surgeon can say for sure after making a diagnosis of your condition. But there are some telltale signs that you’re a good candidate for a lumbar decompression procedure. You may benefit from surgery for lumbar decompression if:
- You feel extreme pain or numbness or your leg or foot.
- You have radiating leg pain that exceeds your back pain.
- Physical therapy and medication haven’t eliminated your pain.
- Standing or sitting has become very uncomfortable.
- Diagnostic tests reveal spinal stenosis.
Any back surgery may seem like an intimidating proposition, but modern minimally invasive surgical techniques reduce the impact on your body and speed your recovery time. Lower back pain can ruin your quality of life. If you want to eliminate your pain once and for all, a lumbar decompression is the solution for you.
By choosing a neurosurgeon and spine surgery specialist like Dr. Skovrlj in Edison, NJ, you can rest assured you’re receiving treatment from one of the world’s top back surgeons. Contact NU-Spine today to get started on your journey to a pain-free life.Page Updated on Dec 27, 2022 by Dr. Branko Skovrlj (Neurosurgeon / Spine surgeon) of NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in New Jersey
Dr. Branko Skovrlj, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and a fellowship-trained spine surgeon specializing in complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal revision surgery, and spinal deformity surgery for acute and chronic back pain relief. He combines advanced surgical techniques, vast skills, knowledge, and training to provide evidence-based treatments focused on successful long-term outcomes, with importance on both functionality and an aesthetically pleasing result with minimal to no visible scarring.
Dr. Skovrlj received his undergraduate degree from Clayton State University in Atlanta, GA, and his Doctorate of Medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He then completed the Neurosurgery Residency, Complex Spine and Deformity Surgery Fellowship, and Minimally Invasive, Complex Spinal, and Deformity Surgery Fellowship programs at Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. A member of numerous professional societies with multiple nominations and awards for his contribution to spine surgery, Dr. Skovrlj has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the field of spine surgery and has presented over 150 clinical research papers at prestigious national and international meetings. He is also affiliated with multiple medical facilities and hospitals in NJ, including Chilton Medical Center and Saint Joseph's University Medical Center.More About Dr. Skovrlj