When radiating pain from your spine becomes debilitating, you may need surgery to find relief. Kenneth Nwosu, MD, specializes in minimally invasive techniques to alleviate pressure on your spinal nerves at his orthopedic practices in Burien and Puyallup, Washington. Dr. Nwosu can evaluate your condition to determine if surgery will give you the best outcome for long-term pain relief. Find out more about laminectomy techniques to address your chronic pain by calling the office of Kenneth Nwosu, MD, nearest you or by booking online today.
A laminectomy, also known as decompression surgery, is a surgical procedure that involves removal of part of your vertebrae. The goal of surgery is to create space in the spinal canal to make more room for your spinal cord and nerves and relieve compression that causes pain and other symptoms.
Kenneth Nwosu, MD, uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to access the lamina, the back part of your vertebrae covering the spinal canal.
If you have an injury or degenerative condition that affects the health of your spine, Dr. Nwosu may recommend a laminectomy. Often, a laminectomy can successfully treat pain stemming from:
Dr. Nwosu performs a thorough evaluation of your spine and overall health to determine if you’re a good candidate for surgery.
To prepare you for your surgery, Dr. Nwosu discusses your expectations for pain relief and provides you with instructions for the surgery date during your evaluation.
You can expect to receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the outpatient procedure, so you’ll need someone to drive you home and help care for you for the rest of the day.
Dr. Nwosu uses only small incisions during this minimally invasive surgery, relying on specialized surgical instruments to remove the bone. Instruments contain a small camera that sends images back to an external monitor Dr. Nwosu watches throughout the procedure.
When surgery is complete, you can expect to recover from anesthesia, and Dr. Nwosu provides you with after-care instructions. You may have some initial pain but should recover much faster than if you had open surgery. In many cases, you can expect to need several weeks off of work to recover fully, and Dr. Nwosu can let you know when it’s safe to return to your usual activities.
After two to three days of healing, you should notice a significant improvement in the severity of your pain.
Dr. Nwosu may recommend at-home exercises or physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your spine and help you return to work and your normal routine.
If chronic, radiating pain is affecting your quality of life, schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of a laminectomy. You can call the office of Kenneth Nwosu, MD, nearest you or use the online booking feature to request an appointment.