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What kinds of surgery are used for spinal stenosis? 

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
13 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Roger Frankel
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