Spinal Decompression Surgery in India

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  • Spinal Decompression Surgery Cost         $4400
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About Spinal Decompression Surgery

Lumbar decompression surgery is a type of surgery used to treat compressed nerves in the lower (lumbar) spine.

Few decompression techniques are as follows:

  1. Diskectomy: It involves a procedure to remove a portion of the disc in order to release pressure buildup around the nerve roots.
  2. Laminotomy or Laminectomy: In this procedure, the lamina is removed which is ideally a small fragment of the bony arch of the spinal cord. In laminotomy only a section of the lamina is removed however in laminectomy whole lamina is removed. It fairly helps with the symptoms of spinal stenosis like pain, numbness, and weakness which might even radiate to the limbs.
  3. Foraminotomy or Foraminectomy: Both of these are done to expand the nerve root openings by removing some bone and tissue. In foraminectomy, specifically huge amount of bone and other tissues are removed.
  4. Osteophyte removal: In this procedure removal of bony spurs or bony growths also known as osteophytes is done.
  5. Corpectomy: In this procedure, the main the body of vertebra along with the discs are removed.

Several combination procedures might be required to perform one specific spinal decompression surgery as per the condition of the patient. In some cases, even spinal fusion is done to stabilise the vertebral column.  The physician might suggest any of the above-mentioned procedures for spinal decompression only if none of the non-surgical treatments have helped.

Preparing for surgery

Before the actual spinal surgery, it is important to understand few post-surgery requirements and certain expectations need to be met. Like your own house needs a re-setting of few things within easy reach as post surgery you will not be able to move much and bending over will be restricted as well. So arranging for a grabber can help you grab things sitting or standing at one place will certainly help.

In case you are taking any medications like NSAIDs, Mobic, Diclofenac etc. or any anti-coagulants-coumadin or even Aspirin, then your physician might need to evaluate your condition to stop these meds. Also, instructions about not taking any diabetes medication or diuretic on the day of surgery can be given by the physician. So for discussion of the medication details, a pre-surgery appointment with the surgeon is essential to know the actual instruction manual for the surgery. Few blood or urine tests and even X-rays can be done during this visit prior surgery to confirm everything is fine and you are ready to go for the surgery.

On the day of surgery

In the procedure of Laminotomy or Laminectomy, the patient is made to lie down on the stomach. It can be done by single large incision or with a minimal incision to access the spine by the doctor. Usually, the patients prefer to get the surgery done via small incision if it is possible. In this, the surgeon cuts the lamina to uncover the ligament (ligamentum flavum) to access the spine via a small incision and muscle separation is done instead of cutting them. Then a tube is inserted to create a tunnel through which surgeon performs the surgery. The cause of compression like bulging, a bone spur, and any ruptured or herniated disc is corrected to the possible extent. By doing this the compressed nerves are rectified which connects at the base of the spinal cord in the form of bundles also known as cauda equina.

After this, the surgeon assesses the condition for any further procedures like removal of disc or bone spur (discectomy) or spinal fusion, if required it is also done. Finally, the surgeon closes the incision site which leaves a minimal scar upon healing.

Post surgery

The spinal decompression surgery involves a minimally invasive procedure which allows the patients to get discharged on the same day. However, in some complicated cases patient might require a hospital stay of few days. The patients usually notice immediate improvements in some of the associated symptoms, and other symptoms improve gradually over the time.

At home, proper medication therapy must be followed to help with any sort of discomfort. Also, in case of severe pain which is not managed with the medications or if there appears any temperature and any drainage from the incision site, and increased numbness or weakness then the patient must refer back to the physician immediately.

Recovery process

Post surgery the duration of stay in the hospital is usually 3 to 5 days, depending upon the condition of the patient and the extent to which surgery is performed. Although a lengthy rehab period involving physical therapy might be required.

Although proper recovery process of healing might take from 4 to 6 weeks.

When Spinal Decompression Surgery is Needed

A patient can be a candidate for spinal decompression surgery if:

  • leg pain worse than back pain
  • The pain does not improved with physical therapy or medication
  • difficulty walking or standing that affects quality of life

Basic Requirement for Spinal Decompression Surgery

The candidates for spinal decompression surgery have certain criteria before consideration:

  • If the patient is overweight they will likely be asked to reduce weight before the procedure.
  • If the patient has pre-existing spinal conditions they would not be able to undergo the operation.

Tests & Diagnosis Before Spinal Decompression Surgery

Diagnostic tests include MRI, CT and myelogram which will show your doctor the extent of the damage before surgery.  The patient will also be scheduled for presurgical tests (e.g., blood test, electrocardiogram, chest X-ray) several days before surgery. The patient will be advised to stop taking all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (Naprosyn, Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Aleve, etc.) and blood thinners (coumadin, aspirin, etc.) one week before surgery.

Spinal Decompression Surgery Procedure Details

If lumbar decompression surgery is recommended, there will usually have at least 1 of the following procedures:

  • laminectomy – where a section of bone is removed from 1 of the patient's vertebrae (spinal bones) to relieve pressure on the affected nerve
  • discectomy – where a section of a damaged disc is removed to relieve pressure on a nerve
  • spinal fusion – where 2 or more vertebrae are joined together with a section of bone to stabilise and strengthen the spine
In many cases, a combination of these techniques may be used.

Spinal Decompression Surgery Post Treatment Precaution

Post surgery the duration of stay in the hospital is usually 3 to 5 days, depending upon the condition of the patient. Although a lengthy rehab period involving physical therapy might be required.  The proper recovery process of healing might take from 4 to 6 weeks.

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Spinal Decompression Surgery FAQs

Q: What are the probable risks of spinal decompression surgery?

A: Decompression surgery helps in relieving symptoms like numbness and leg pain. However, there involves a risk to a certain level of blood clots, infection, nerve injury or even paralysis at times.

Q: What is the success rate of the surgery?

A: Usually 70 to 80 percent of the patients have a significant improvement in the quality of life and the associated pain. However, the complete reversal of the symptoms does not occur.

Q: What are the advantages of this surgery over the traditional, open surgery?

A: This involves a minimal incision to perform the surgery in comparison to the old surgery which requires complete opening up to reach the spine.

Q: Is this minimally invasive surgery is still a type of experimental procedure?

A: No, this surgery is being performed with a good success rate for many years from now.

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