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    Old 12-18-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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    Question decompression for lumbar stenosis

    I have some foraminal and inferior lateral spinal stenosis at L4, L5 and S1 causing pressure on at least one nerve root on the left side. There is a minimally invasive procedure my neighbor had which successfully took the pressure off the nerve roots in the same area. The system her surgeon used was called the Ioflex System. No instrumentation or fusion.

    Has anyone had any experience, good or bad, with decompression surgery for relief of spinal stenosis? I know there are minimally invasive as well as open surgical techniques for this.

     
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    Re: decompression for lumbar stenosis

    Décompression surgery can be a very effective treatment for stenosis. You just have to be careful that an instability is not inadvertently created due to the surgery. Generally speaking, surgeons don’t like to do more than one or two levels unless they are also fusing the segments at the same time.

    Io flexion is just a new method of cutting away the gunk that uses flexible cutting tools. It is effective when used for the appropriate patient with the appropriate issues, but isn’t the “best” way for everyone with spinal stenosis. More important than what worked for your neighbor is finding a spine surgeon that you trust and are comfortable with...and then trusting that he/she will know the best way to address your particular problem. What is the best way for one patient will not necessarily be the best way for you!

     
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