If you suffer from back pain or any related symptoms, you know how disruptive it can be to your life. If the pain persists for an abnormal length of time, you find yourself looking for permanent relief. Many people investigate spinal decompression, both surgical and nonsurgical. Read on to learn more about minimally invasive spinal surgery in Los Angeles and whether you might be a suitable candidate.
What is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is defined as a motorized traction that is used to help relieve back pain. It works by gently stretching the spine which then changes the force and position of the spine itself. What is accomplishes is to take the pressure off the spinal discs (those gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine). If successful, bulging or herniated discs might retract, which then removes the painful pressure off the nerves and spine.
You are not a successful candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy if you have any of the following conditions:
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm
• Advanced osteoporosis
• Metal implants in the spine
What is Surgical Spinal Decompression?
Those suffering from spinal compression have several options including a corpectomy, a discectomy, a laminotomy, a foraminotomy or osteophyte removal.
Commonly, a discectomy involves removing a portion of a disk to relieve the pressure that is causing issues to nearby nerve roots. Spinal nerve compression can cause numbness, tingling, pain, weakness or even unsteadiness.
Each of these procedures is a bit more involved and removes a small portion of the lamina, or the bony arches of the spinal canal. When a laminotomy is performed, only a section of the lamina is removed. When a laminectomy is performed, the entire lamina is removed, which will increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve the pressure causing the pain.
A foraminotomy or a foraminectomy expands the nerve root openings as they exit the spinal cord by removing bone and other tissues. The difference in the procedures is determined by the amount of bone and tissue removed. In a foraminectomy, a large amount is removed.
An osteophyte removal is done to remove bone spurs or bony growths called osteophytes. A corpectomy is done when it is necessary to remove vertebra and disks. There is a combination of techniques that can be used including fusion of the vertebrae to stabilize the spine.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Los Angeles
If you are experiencing back pain, you might be a viable candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery in Los Angeles. Dr. Parham Yashar has become a preeminent neurosurgeon in the Los Angeles, San Fernando and Santa Clarita areas since completing his fellowship and residency in 2012. With his broad experience, interest and accomplishments in spine, brain and neuro-interventional procedures, Dr. Yashar is a high skilled and exceptional neurosurgeon, focusing on all aspects within the field of neurosurgery, along with a special emphasis on both brain and spine surgery.
At Yashar Neurosurgery, Dr. Yashar specializes in spine treatment and minimally invasive spine procedures. He has an extensive background in neurosurgery with an emphasis in spinal treatment and surgery. He is dedicated to educating his patients on their conditions and developing a customized treatment plan to most effectively address their symptoms.
With his commitment to providing compassionate care and empathy to all his patients, Dr. Yashar treats each patient individually, providing them with the necessary tools to direct their own care, and guiding them through each step of the treatment process, whether that includes non-surgical options, as well as both before and after any surgical procedure.
If you are experiencing severe spinal distress, don’t wait. Make an appointment with Dr. Yashar today.