Spinal Stenosis

Restoring Lives Limited by Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Norton Leatherman Spine is respected around the world as a leading provider of spine care. We also are the premier destination for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis in Louisville, Southern Indiana and beyond.

Do you need to see a specialist?

Neck and back pain making things uncomfortable? Complete our Back and Neck Pain Assessment to see if it’s time to see a Norton Leatherman Spine provider.

Spinal stenosis occurs as bone spurs or ligaments crowd the spinal cord inside the vertebra. Treating spinal stenosis focuses on relieving pressure on the spinal cord to relieve symptoms. Pain and difficulty with walking are common symptoms.

Our skilled physicians have the experience to identify the right treatment for spinal stenosis, a condition that affects millions of older patients.

Our specialists know that 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.

International Reputation for Excellence

Our orthopedic and neurosurgical spine physicians combine proven treatments that have built our reputation 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.

Read More

Successful spine surgery gets D. Wayne Lukas back in the saddle

Hall of Fame trainer was back on horseback in about five weeks after lumbar decompression and fusion surgery.

As the most comprehensive spine care team in the region, we routinely care for patients for whom treatment elsewhere has failed to provide the necessary relief. This is particularly true for spinal stenosis, where identifying the best treatment sometimes can be difficult.

If surgery is required, some patients with lumbar spinal stenosis can be treated by limited decompression of the involved nerves. In other cases, associated issues such as scoliosis or spondylolisthesis create the need for more involved procedures. Norton Leatherman Spine specialists have the experience and expertise to select the right procedure the first time. This helps to avoid poor outcomes or the need for additional surgeries.

Spinal Stenosis Treatments

Lumbar decompression

Depending on your situation, 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 this 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 after surgery.

Lumbar decompression and fusion

With spinal instability issues such as spondylolisthesis or lumbar scoliosis, your surgeon may need to restore spinal stability to relieve the spinal stenosis and 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 spinal surgery used at Norton Leatherman Spine 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 that causes spinal stenosis by compressing the nerves, while maintaining the spinal stability needed for full function.

The expertise of our surgeons helps us choose the right procedure the first time, so as to minimize the risk for complications or additional surgery.

About Norton Leatherman Spine

Norton Leatherman Spine is a combined team of orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons 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.

  • A multidisciplinary team of 45 specialists offers a comprehensive array of treatment options that include medication, pain management, rehabilitation and surgery, including minimally invasive procedures and neurosurgical therapies.
  • Norton Leatherman Spine physicians are widely renowned and exceptionally experienced, performing more than 4,000 surgeries a year.
  • Our specialists are internationally recognized leaders in clinical research of spinal disease, injury and deformity, and have served in senior positions in the Scoliosis Research Society, the most prestigious organization for scoliosis surgeons around the world.
  • Norton Healthcare is the first health system in the nation to be recognized as an Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center of Excellence by DNV.
  • We use the EOS Imaging system, which collects high-resolution images while exposing the patient to 50% to 85% less radiation than traditional X-rays and 95% less than basic CT scans. The system is especially beneficial to scoliosis patients who often need repeated imaging to monitor their progress.
  • We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans.
  • Use Norton MyChart to communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions, get alerted if an earlier appointment becomes available and more, anytime from a mobile device or computer

Related Stories

Mother-daughter duo gets same spine surgery from same Norton Leatherman Spine surgeon
Norton Leatherman Spine surgeon plays unintentional matchmaker for patients
Minimally invasive spine surgery sets woman on path to healthy living, starting a family
After looking in Boston, woman finds back pain relief in Louisville

Schedule an Appointment

Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.