Microscopic Decompression - LumbarDecompression refers to the release of pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.
The various decompression surgical methods can be divided into anterior decompressions (from the front) of the spine verus posterior decompressions (from the back) of the spine.
- Lumbar Discectomy
- A lumbar discectomy may be suggested by the surgeon. In a lumbar discectomy, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to relieve neural impingement and provide more room for the nerve to heal.
- Lumbar Laminectomy
- Compression of the spinal cord in the low back can be treated with a posterior laminectomy. The objective of this procedure is to remove the lamina (and spinous process) to give the spinal cord more room.