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Can lateral recess stenosis be corrected without a spinal fusion?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Yes, decompression

If the cause of the lateral recess stenosis is purely due to something compressing the nerve, like a disc or bone spurs it can be treated with a decompressive laminectomy or hemilaminectomy.
However, if the cause is instability of the spinal segment, it should be fused. Also, if there is severe back pain associated with it, your surgeon may suggest to fuse as well.

In brief: Yes, decompression

If the cause of the lateral recess stenosis is purely due to something compressing the nerve, like a disc or bone spurs it can be treated with a decompressive laminectomy or hemilaminectomy.
However, if the cause is instability of the spinal segment, it should be fused. Also, if there is severe back pain associated with it, your surgeon may suggest to fuse as well.
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