Who Is a Good Candidate for Spinal Decompression Surgery?


What is spinal decompression surgery?

The term “spinal decompression surgery” refers to a group of surgical procedures designed to reduce back or neck pain and/or weakness and numbness in the extremities. The goal of spinal decompression is to reduce or remove pressure on the spinal column and nerves. Spinal decompression surgery may involve:

  • shaving bone to allow room for spinal nerves.
  • removing an intervertebral disc and fusing two vertebrae together.
  • scooping out part of a disc pushing on a nerve.

Who is a good candidate for spinal decompression surgery?

Spinal decompression surgery may be recommended in the following situations:

Individuals should consult an orthopedic or neurosurgeon with experience in spinal decompression to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for surgery.

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