Yes. Yes, some surgeries for spinal stenosis include doing some form of fusion. In those surgeries, instrumentation is often implanted in the spine. Robotic surgeries are now available to help with placing instrumentation in the spine.
Other options. I agree with dr jones. There are, however, minimally invasive options to patients. You should talk with a pain physician or spinal surgeon and ask about the new mild procedure.
Maybe. Robotics being used in the spinal surgery field is early. Only those fortunate enough to be working and teaching hospitals are probably using robotic aided spinal surgery. There are many procedures especially those procedures requiring implant or hardware where robotics are used. You will find robotic spine surgery available as a universal standard of care. At least not yet. Dr. J.
No. There has been some work to develop robotic applications for certain cranial procedures, but none that I am aware of for spine. The real trend in spinal procedures is with minimally invasive techniques.
Yes. There is available robotic assisted spinal surgery outside of the university setting. Across the country spinal surgeons are being trained and we are utilizing this technology for precision insertion of spinal instrumentation. Reducing errors and speeding recovery when combined with miss.
Spine surgery. This is a surgery performed by spine surgeons that helps relieve the pressure on the spine depending on the level of the stenosis the symptoms will be different because different nerves come off at different levels of the spinal cord. Therefore, the best is to be evaluated by a spine surgeon who can go into more detail about the severity and intervention required.
Pain in front top portion of legs from knees up after walking relieved when sitting. Had surgery for spinal stenosis 15 months ago with relief.
See details. Pain in that area can originate in the lower back or hips and rarely the knees. With your history, the lower back is the likely cause.
Muscle strain. Male just over one year post-surgery for spinal stenosis has bilateral pain in quads w. walking. Quads are major muscles supporting upright posture & likely deconditioned from the procedure. Aquatherapy & tai chi might benefit muscle tonification. Massage for muscle spasm post-exercise. Vertebral neural impingement & pain is usually greatest while seated, less while standing & least while lying.
Can a slipped disc cause anterior thigh and anterior lower leg pain I have had surgery for spinal stenosis with relief 15 mos ago?
Possibly. U need to see a neurologist. There are certain nerves that inner ate those areas. The nerves come thru the spinal chord and go to their designated areas. U need to see a neurologist so he can do some tests and narrow the problem down.
Last Resort. Yes, surgery is recommended after you fail conservative non-surgical treatments -- including nsaids, pt, epidural injections. If you continue to have persisting symptoms, then surgery could offer some great symptomatic relief of your extremity symptoms. Consult a spine surgeon. Also surgery if you start experiencing progressive neurological deficit, or changes in your bowel or bladder function.
Yes. If weakness or pain progresses, it can often be minimized by surgery.
Tight canal. Stenosis is a tightness of an opening. In this case there is a tightness/ smallness of the cervical canal thru which the spinal cord passes. This may be congenital in nature or a result of a disc herniation or hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum, or spondylosis. In any case once conservative care fails surgery is a viable option. When tailored to the patient specific problem the results are good.
A too narrow spine. Spinal stenosis is defined aa too small a spinal canal in which one finds the nerve tissues conpressed. In the neck, this can place pressure on the spinal cord and/ or nerves, there are several types of surgery for this depending on the number of spine levels involved and whether there is severe degeneration, instability or deformity with it. Outcomes are generally good.
Depends. Depends on the size of incision, sutures used, your healing abilities, tissue trauma, etc. Can be from one week to six month.
Ask Surgeon. Always best to run these questions by your operating surgeon. He/she will know exactly what is planned; keep in mind, that different surgeons may do things differently. Also best to be well-informed about the potential risk/complications associated with the planned procedure. Educate yourself about success rates and make sure you have enough help during your recovery period. Best wishes.
No. Most cases are treated without surgery with treatment including none at all to medication, bracing, exercise, physical therapy, pain management injections like epidurals to about 15% going to surgery.
No. No, there are many good non operative treatments available. Don't hesitate to be seen.
Laminectomy. Laminectomy is the most common treatment for lumbar stenosis. There are some minimally invasive forms of this surgery that are also available. Cervical stenosis can be treated with laminectomy, laminectomy and fusion, laminoplasty, or anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The operation chosen depends on what structures are causing the stenosis.
Decompressive ones. You need to open up the spinal canal to free the nerve tissues. This can be done directly and in some cases indirectly when correcting deformities and disc height. Typical surgeries include: laminectomy with or without a fusion, laminoplasty, anterior cervical discetomies or corpectomies with fusion, xlif procedures and other types of similar surgeries done minimally invasive.
Variety. A variety based upon the specifics of the case. Most surgeries can be categorized as either doing an indirect decompression of the spinal canal, or doing a direct decompression, or found a decompression and fusion. Don't hesitate to discuss the specifics of your case with a specialist.