Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when injury or age leads to a narrowing of the space within the spinal column of vertebrae in your lower back. With nerve roots or the spine itself under pressure, the result can be pain and difficulty walking.
Discs are doughnut-shaped, spongy cushions that fit between each vertebra to absorb shock and tie the vertebrae together to ease bending and twisting.
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There are five discs in the lumbar area of the spine — running from below your last rib to the pelvis. They are made of cartilage that holds a jellylike substance. If that jellylike substance oozes out of the disc, called herniation, it can cause stenosis, putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.
Other causes of lumbar spinal stenosis include bone spurs on the vertebrae or overgrown ligaments in the spinal column.
The skilled physicians at Norton Leatherman Spine have the experience to identify the right treatment for a broad range of spinal conditions — including the most complicated issues and common issues like spinal stenosis that affect millions of older patients.
The combined team of orthopedic spine and neuroscience specialists at Norton Leatherman spine provides comprehensive care for spinal stenosis.
The experience and training of Norton Leatherman Spine physicians are especially valuable when it comes to treating spinal stenosis, where identifying the best therapy sometimes can be difficult.
Our orthopedic and neurosurgical spine physicians combine proven treatments that have built our reputation for over 25 years with new developments at the leading edge of innovative care. We’ll evaluate your case and give you a treatment plan customized for you.
Many nonsurgical treatments can eliminate lumbar spinal stenosis pain. Options include:
Surgery isn’t right for everyone. If simpler treatments don’t work, and relief will come only from an operation, you’ll want surgeons with the most experience and expertise. Surgical options include:
Lumbar decompression. Depending on your case, our surgeons may perform a minimally invasive decompression to remove the overgrown ligament or bone spurs that cause your pain and difficulty with walking.
In a minimally invasive procedure, we make smaller incisions through which we can relieve the spinal stenosis. This eases pressure on the nerves and helps relieve pain.
A smaller incision means you can get back on your feet faster and resume living your life. Patients typically go home the day of surgery (outpatient surgery).
Lumbar Decompression and Fusion. With spinal instability issues such as spondylolisthesis or lumbar stenosis your surgeon may need to restore spinal stability to allow effective decompression of the nerves. Norton Leatherman Spine surgeons have the training and experience to perform these procedures safely and effectively.
New advances such as robotic-assisted surgery and computer-assisted navigation for spinal surgery are used at Norton Leatherman Spine and allow for these more complicated procedures, with less recovery time and less postoperative pain. Decompression and fusion can reduce pain and restore function by removing bone and ligament overgrowth compressing the nerves, while maintaining the spinal stability and restoring the spinal alignment needed for maximal function.
Norton Leatherman Spine is a combined team of orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons from Norton Neuroscience Institute and pain management specialists who provide care for adults and children from Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as from across the region, nation and world.
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