How is Lumbar Decompression Performed?
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Back pain, no matter the cause, can be debilitating for those who suffer from it. Identifying the cause can help determine a course of treatment, but the spine is a complex structure of bones, nerves muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs. These factors combine to help support the body and allow us to stand upright. The vertebrae are the bony building blocks of the spine and are supported by the discs between them. Due to the aging process, as well as other factors, these spinal components can be damaged and cause severe pain, neurological symptoms or even loss of mobility. To learn what your options are for minimally invasive decompression in Los Angeles, contact Yashar Neurosurgery today.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, spinal decompression surgery is “a general term that refers to various procedures intended to relieve symptoms caused by pressure, or compression, on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots.” Those suffering from spinal compression have several options including a corpectomy, a discectomy, a laminotomy, a foraminotomy or osteophyte removal. Read on to learn more details about these techniques.


Spinal nerve compression can cause numbness, tingling, pain, weakness or even unsteadiness. In severe cases, those suffering from nerve compression can experience paralysis or issues with bladder and bowel control. A discectomy actually involves removing a portion of a disk to relieve the pressure that is causing issues to nearby nerve roots.

Laminotomy or Laminectomy

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.

Foraminotomy or Foraminectomy

Each of these procedures 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.

Osteophyte Removal

This procedure is done to remove bone spurs or bony growths called osteophytes.


This procedure 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 Decompression in Los Angeles

If you are experiencing back pain, you might be a good candidate for minimally invasive decompression in Los Angeles or another procedure. 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 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 of 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 have a serious spinal issue, don’t wait. Make an appointment with Dr. Yashar today.