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Yoga and the Aging Spine
Journal of Spine, Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment for Severe Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Case Study
Prior to this study, there was little to no evidence that minimally invasive, outpatient spine surgeries using endoscopic techniques are effective at treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) requiring bilateral decompression unilaterally. Lumbar spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal caused by age-related degenerative process such as bony overgrowth or enlargement of the joints. In this study, a 63-year-old male, who was a surgeon struggling to stay standing in the operating room for long periods of time due to a severe case of LSS, underwent an outpatient, minimally invasive, endoscopic unilateral laminotomy at Laser Spine Institute. Shortly after the procedure he was able to return to the operating room, demonstrating that it is possible to achieve the bilateral decompression of the spinal canal through a unilateral approach for pain relief in severe LSS cases using this routine endoscopic procedure.
Journal of Orthopaedics, Minimally Invasive Surgery Through Endoscopic Laminotomy and Foraminotomy for the Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
The most common reason patients over the age of 65 receive back surgery is to relieve pain resulting from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS), a progressive age-related condition. Between 2008 and 2011, 320 patients with LSS between the ages of 22 and 90 received posterior lumbar laminotomy and foraminotomy at Laser Spine Institute. Out of those 320 patients, only 7 had minor surgical complications and all patients were discharged the same day with a significantly lower level of self-reported disability and pain after surgery. This study demonstrates that minimally invasive surgery can be a safe surgical treatment for adult patients with LSS. It is a short operation with a low complication rate and minimal blood loss.
Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine Case Study
AORN: Outpatient Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: 2 Year Follow-Up