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Neurology

SPINAL SURGERY
neurology
  • keyboard_arrow_rightLumbar disc herniation
  • keyboard_arrow_rightCervical disc herniation
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  • keyboard_arrow_rightLumbar spinal stenosis
    Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal nerves in the lower back are choked, resulting in leg pain (sciatica) and other symptoms, including tingling, weakness or numbness that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and legs.

    Initially, medical treatment is recommended in the first instance. Pain can be reduced by analgesics or anti- inflammatory drugs.

    If this proves unsuccessful or unsustainable, corticoid infiltrations into the spine may be proposed – the goal of which is to decrease inflammation and reduce pain.

    However, these treatments do not enlarge the spinal canal, nor do they decompress the nerves. Therefore, if the pain becomes intolerable and the disease is too disabling despite the drugs, surgical treatment may be considered.

    In fact, surgery is the only treatment that allows the diameter of the spinal canal to be enlarged and to the nerve fibres to be decompressed. Depending on the extent of the contraction, interventions vary. Sometimes, it is simply enough to remove fragments of bone or ligaments that obstruct the spinal canal. This is called recalibration.

    If this is not sufficient, the surgeon will perform a laminectomy. This procedure involves removing a portion of the bone located at the back of a vertebra called the vertebral plate. Depending on the case, the surgeon removes one or more blades. This operation is not without risks and is done under general anaesthetic.

    Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
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