Lumbar endoscopic decompression alleviates the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. This compression is often caused by a narrowing spinal canal due to overgrown soft tissue or bone spurs. While the spurs and tissue growth is a natural side effect of aging, it can still cause discomfort. The spinal canal is the area that runs down your body and keeps your spine aligned to your back. A misaligned spine can lead to unnecessary pressure on nerve roots which then send pain signals to the brain and cause discomfort. If not treated properly, the prickling feeling can slowly grow into unbearable pain.
The lumbar endoscopic decompression procedure is a minimally invasive spine surgery that requires a small incision in the lower back area. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts a series of dilators through muscle and soft tissue until they reach the affected vertebrae. These dilators do not damage or disrupt the soft tissue. A working sleeve is then guided over the dilators, which are removed. The surgeon uses an endoscope to direct surgical instruments through the sleeve and perform the decompression – taking out excess bone or tissue from around the nerve roots to relieve pain and pressure.
Localized anesthesia means that a patient will not feeling any pain save for the initial prickle of applying the anesthesia. As a minimally invasive spine surgery, the surgeon will not disrupt surrounding muscle tissue or fibers, making the procedure’s recovery faster than traditional methods. Most patients who need a lumbar endoscopic decompression for their lower back pain can walk out of the clinic the same day of the surgery. Most people feel immediate pain relief.
Even if lumbar endoscopic decompression is minimally invasive, there is still a recovery period after the surgery. Patients should avoid lifting heavy objects, strenuous exercise, and sharp twisting motions for an average of six weeks after the surgery. To help facilitate recovery, patients can adopt small changes in their lifestyle such as:
- Healthier Diet
- Getting the Appropriate Amount of Rest
- Light Exercise Like Walking or Swimming
- Physical Therapy Program
- Light Stretching
If you are looking for a spinal clinic in New Jersey that can help with your lower back pain, the Spine Institute has several offices in the area ready to assist you. Contact one of our locations today to schedule an appointment with a spine expert, or you can call our central office at 973-538-4444 for more information.