Spine Procedures
Lumbar Microdecompression

Lumbar Microdecompression

A surgical procedure to ease pain and eliminate symptoms by relieving compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine.


Minimally Invasive Lumbar Microdecompression

A lumbar microdecompression is a surgical procedure to ease pain and eliminate symptoms by relieving compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. This is achieved by removing bone spurs and bone overgrowth as well as soft tissue from the affected area through a small incision in the back.

Before the procedure, anesthesia is administered to the patient and the patient is positioned laying face down. After the surgeon identifies the diseased vertebra level using a portable x-ray, they will use our minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure to make a small incision on the patient’s back, directly above the diseased vertebrae level. To reach the correct vertebrae level, a series of dilators are carefully passed through muscles and soft tissue using the guidance of the portable x-ray machine. Once in place, a tubular retractor is passed over the dilators and the dilators are removed, opening a small working channel while leaving muscle tissue intact. This allows the surgeon to reach the target vertebra while minimizing pain as well as the scarring of the muscles. The surgeon then endoscopically removes any unneeded bone and excess tissue that are impinging upon the compressed nerve root. If necessary, the surgeon may choose to adjust the retractor, allowing surgical access to the other side of the affected vertebra without a second incision.

Once the nerve root has been cleared of all compression on both sides of the vertebrae, all instruments are removed and a bandage is placed over the incision. Most patients can return home the next day and resume normal activities after a few weeks. Patients may take pain medication as needed for up to two weeks.

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