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Advancements in Spine Treatments Give Patients More Options

Through advancements in medical technology, minimally invasive procedures are offering more than traditional procedures. The same can be said for minimally invasive spinal decompression, a spine procedure used to treat patients suffering from various spine conditions. Learn about the types of decompression procedures and their potential benefits.

Designed to relieve pressure on the spine, minimally invasive spinal decompression is done when patients have a ruptured disc in one of the areas of the spine. Patients suffering from pain in their neck, lower back, or even arms and legs may see a specialist at Southern California Orthopedic Institute to see if this procedure is right for them.

“Discectomy, laminectomy, and cervical foraminotomy are the three main types of spinal decompression,” says Dr. Brian S. Grossman, spine surgeon at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. “Each of these spine procedures relieves symptoms of a specific spine condition.”

A discectomy is typically done in the lumbar area, usually to remove a herniated disc. A laminectomy, which is a type of a spinal decompression, is generally done to remove a bone to help a spine condition known as spinal stenosis. The third main type is known as cervical foraminotomy, a procedure done to relieve a pinched nerve.

Minimally invasive spinal decompressions have the following benefits:

For more information about these minimally invasive procedures, contact (877) 952-8484 to schedule an appointment with one of our spine experts. Or visit our Patient Education Center for more information on conditions of the spine.

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