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A Minimally Invasive Approach to Spinal Nerve Decompression
Caused by herniated or bulged disks, arthritic joints or bony growths, pressure on the spinal nerves can cause significant pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or unsteadiness. Initial treatment includes conservative measures, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, injections, traction, or time and rest. When those treatment options fail to provide relief, surgery is the next step.
“We use a minimally invasive approach for spinal nerve decompression,” explains Paul Fuchs, D.O., orthopedic spine surgeon. “Using small incisions that are only about 20 millimeters in length and specialized equipment, we are able to perform the procedure without cutting tissue, which aids in recovery. In fact, the procedure is generally done in an outpatient surgery center.
An average procedure takes about 45 minutes to one hour; and after recovery, patients usually walk out of the office on their own.” Post-procedure therapy is walking, Dr. Fuchs says. “Patients may experience soreness, so we recommend walking and Tylenol® for pain relief,” he says. “We may also recommend core strengthening exercises, depending on the patient and his or her needs.”
Patients recover quickly. “If the patient works in an office setting, they can usually go back to work between seven to 14 days,” Dr. Fuchs says. “If his or her work is more physically demanding, they should not return to work for at least 14 days.” Patients—who range in age from 30-80— experience significant relief from this procedure and rarely have to go through it again. “For the majority of patients, the prognosis is great,” Dr. Fuchs says. “Fewer than 5 percent of patients have to have spinal nerve decompression again.”
“We use a minimally invasive approach for spinal nerve decompression, ” Paul Fuchs, D.O., orthopedic spine surgeon. “Using small incisions that are only about 20 millimeters in length and specialized equipment, we are able to perform the procedure without cutting tissue, which aids in recovery.”
X-Lift Spine Surgery
Paul Fuchs, D.O.
Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida
2531 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901