Spinal decompression surgery is generally effective in treating compressed nerves by relieving pressure. With proper postoperative treatment and rehabilitation, you will be able to resume normal activities and restore former mobility and function.Book Appointment
Spinal or lumbar decompression surgery is a type of surgery to treat compressed nerves in the lower spine. It is generally performed when symptoms of spinal conditions do not respond well to non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy or medication.
Alternatively, surgery may also be required if the pain experienced is so severe that it impedes your daily tasks and movements to a large extent.
The recovery period after surgery is dependent on your fitness level, the severity of the spinal damage and the extent of the surgery.
Generally, you will be discharged from the hospital after about 1 to 4 days, while it may take up to 6 weeks to achieve your expected level of function and mobility.
The primary goal of spinal decompression surgery is to relieve pressure on the damaged spinal cord or nerves while maintaining the function and strength of the spine as much as possible.
Before the surgery, a general health assessment will be conducted, including diagnostic and imaging tests such as x-rays, MRI scans and blood tests. There are various types of spinal decompression surgeries that can be performed, depending on the type of spinal problem experienced.
This surgical procedure involves the partial or complete removal of a damaged intervertebral disc (spongy cushions that separate the bones of your spine) to relieve pressure on surrounding nerves.
Laminectomy (or laminotomy) involves the complete or partial removal of bones from one of your spinal bones (lamina) to reduce stress on the affected nerve and spinal cord.
During a foraminotomy, bones and tissues on the edge of the opening of your spinal column (foramen) are removed. This expands the space for nerve roots to pass through.
Spinal fusion surgery involves joining two or more vertebrae together by placing a bone graft and surgical hardware (screws or connecting rods) between them. A bone graft is a replacement bone tissue typically taken from the hip or a donated bone. This increases stability in your spinal column, preventing further nerve irritation and pressure.
Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)
Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.
He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.
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