Spinal stenosis is a condition that affects the space inside your spine, where your nerves are. The space gets progressively smaller and puts pressure on your nerves, causing symptoms to get worse over time.
If symptoms don’t improve with non-surgical options but your spine isn’t stable enough for minimally invasive surgery, you may be a candidate for a surgery called decompression with interlaminar stabilization.
During the surgery, one of our surgeons will make a small incision in your lower back. They shave away parts of the back of your spine bone as well as thickened parts of the facet joint and ligaments. While this opens the space in your spine and takes the pressure off the nerves, it can leave some patients’ spines in need of additional support.
At this point, the surgeon will place a small stabilization device called a coflex into the decompressed area. This stabilizes your spine and keeps the decompressed area open without fusing your spine, allowing you to maintain your range of motion.
The key with any spinal stenosis treatment is to identify the level of treatment you need. Our neurological team can complete a comprehensive exam and determine the best course of treatment for you.