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What is a Decompression?
Decompression is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure and alleviate pain caused by this impingement. A small portion of the bone over the nerve root, called lamina, and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to give the nerve more space.
There are 3 common types of spinal decompression procedures, all of which can be done using minimally invasive techniques:
- Laminotomy/foraminotomy – Shaving off part of the lamina to create a larger opening to relieve the pinched nerve
- Laminectomy – Complete removal of the lamina
- Discectomy – Removal of part of a disc that is compressing a nerve
Each of these procedures can be performed as an independent surgery or can be combined together. For example, a laminotomy may be done together with a discectomy. Your doctor will determine which procedure or procedures will give you the most relief.
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Truly Minimally Invasive
Incisions made are 5 millimeters or less in length, allowing for minimal scar tissue and less infection risk