Spinal decompression refers to a number of procedures designed to relieve pressure from spinal compression. Spinal compression can happen for a number of reasons, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors, degenerative disc disease, and more. During spinal compression, some part of the spine has moved out of place and is pressing on the nerves within the spinal cord. This can cause a number of symptoms including pain, tingling, and numbness in the back, neck, and extremities. Dr. Todd Gravori at ProMed SPINE in Los Angeles and his team are ex-perts in treating spinal compression with conservative and minimally invasive decompression procedures.
Minimally Invasive Micodecompression
Minimally invasive microdecompression is not a single procedure, but rather refers to all types of spinal decompression surgery done in a minimally invasive manner. Minimally invasive spinal surgery is the latest type of spine surgery, requiring the use of a tiny endoscope inserted through a small incision in order to perform accurate surgery without needing to use large incisions to open up the back to see and operate on the spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery has a number of benefits, including less scarring due to the small incisions and less recovery time needed. Minimally invasive surgery can often be done under local anesthesia, which eliminates the need to stay in the hospital for a few hours following surgery in order to recover and work through side effects, such as nausea.
Dr. Gravori only performs microdecompression when conservative treatments have failed to ad-equately address symptoms of spinal compression. He believes that conservative treatments should always be tried first, and surgery should only be performed if these conservative treat-ments do not work. Spine surgery has become much safer with lessened risk of infection or com-plications, but it is still a major undertaking that should not be decided upon lightly.
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