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What is the best treatment for spinal stenosis (besides laminectomy)?

What is the best treatment for spinal stenosis (besides laminectomy)?

The one for you: Not all spinal stenosis patients need treatment. It is based on the degree of symptoms & how much they interfere with your life. Some just modify their activities or take over the counter medication. Some do physical therapy & then exercise. Some undergo epidural steroid injections & use perscription medication. Some may benefit from an x-stop procedure, a minimally invasive technique ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


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Once a laminectomy is preformed due to spinal stenosis, can it come back? If so, how since the bone is removed.

Yes: Stenosis is often due to overgrowth of bone or "bone spurs, " in an arthritic spine. When a decompression surgery such as a laminectomy or laminotomy is done this overgrown bone is removed, but that does not stop the bone from growing. Bone grows very slowly but bone spurs may grow back and causes stenosis to return at the same level. You may also develop stenosis at another level. ...Read more

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I have congenital spinal stenosis and have had two back surgeries, involvong laminectomies and chip removal. What is my best remedy?

Weight control: I am sorry for your condition but you can at least control your weight -- the lighter you are the less strain to the back and legs. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dr medication visits spinal stenosis lumbar laminactomy?

What do you suggest if my dr medication visits spinal stenosis lumbar laminactomy?

Common problem: For patients that have failed appropriate conservative care, surgery can be very beneficial. A thorough work up is required. The most common surgical treatment is a laminectomy. The success rate is good. Check out spinehealth .Com. ...Read more

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Diagnosis sever spinal stenosis..Had lamenectomy last year on ruptured L5 after loss of bladder control. Could it be related?

Diagnosis sever spinal stenosis..Had lamenectomy last year on ruptured L5 after loss of bladder control. Could it be related?

Could be: Severe lumbar spinal stenosis (occuring from large herniated discs, & other compressive pathologies), could result in compression of the nerve roots below the level of your spinal cord -- called your cauda equina. This could then result in bladder/bowel dysfunction. Your surgeon likely did the laminectomy to relieve the compression of your cauda equina so as to prevent the problem from worsening. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for spinal stenosis?

Several modalities: Each case should be approached differently. We can consider the following: chiropractic, both conventional and nucca, different forms of physical therapy, including spinal decompression, cold laser, arp wave, magnetic therapy. Drugs, shots and surgery are last resort. www.lifemedical.us. ...Read more

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Are there alternative therapies for back spinal stenosis?

Are there alternative therapies for back spinal stenosis?

Let me explain?: Spinal stenosis is a mechanical problem. Were the canal were the spinal cord pass through, for some if get tight this what we call spinal stenosis.I- nonsurgical treatment, could help(education, medicines to relieve pain and inflammation, exercise(stationary bike, weight loss, physical therapy. If did help surgery.Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is a laminectomy or minimally invasive foramenectomy w/o fusion better for mixed foraminal and spinal cervical stenosis?

Ask your surgeon(s): They'll review your imaging with you and discuss your options. But before further surgeries, you mention physical therapy and cymbalta, (duloxetine) but there may be other non-surgical options including other medications, pain psychology and interventional pain procedures that may be helpful for your condition. Good luck! ...Read more

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Who treats spinal stenosis?

Pain physicians also: In addition to dr. Frankel's answer, also consider talking to an interventional pain/spine physician. They have other minimally invasive options to treat spinal stenosis, such as the mild procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Laminectomy (Definition)

Surgical removal of the posterior roof of the vertebral bone of the spine which is labeled the lamina to access the pinal canal where the neural tissue is found and ...Read more


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more