Spinal Decompression Surgery Available to Patients in the Reno, NV, Area at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic
The goal of spinal decompression surgery is to reduce pressure on the spinal cord or on pinched nerve roots in the neck and back. The professionals at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, Nevada, location have extensive experience performing these procedures, and can work with patients to determine whether they may be candidates for surgery.
The spinal cord and the attached nerve roots can become pinched due to a number of different spine conditions, including the following:
- Bone spurs
- Bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Synovial cysts
In many cases, the doctors at our Reno, NV, clinic will recommend that patients first pursue a course of conservative treatment before turning to surgery. These conservative treatment methods may include pain medication, heat/cold therapy, and physical therapy. If these methods prove to be ineffective at relieving a patient’s pain, however, we may recommend that the patient undergo some form of spinal decompression surgery, during which we remove the material that is exerting pressure on the spinal cord or pinched nerve.
The two most common forms of spinal decompression surgery are microdiscectomies and laminectomies. During a microdiscectomy, we remove a portion of a herniated disc that is compressing the spinal cord or pinched nerve root. During a laminectomy, we remove a portion of the lamina (the bone at the back of the spinal canal) to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or pinched nerve. Other less-common forms of spinal decompression surgery include corpectomies (where we remove part of the vertebrae), interspinous process spacer surgeries (where we insert spacers to widen the spinal canal and foramina), and laminotomies (where we create a hole in the lamina).
If you’re living with one of the spine conditions listed above in Reno, NV, and seeking relief from resulting pain, please contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic so that one of our experts can help you determine whether you may be a candidate for spinal decompression surgery.