When is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment needed?
With the increasing age, the quality of all the bones in the body start degrading. The bones of the vertebrae also start losing its strength. The muscles, ligaments and also the connecting tissues that all together make up the spinal column start degenerating. The word “stenosis” is taken from a Greek word which means choking. Due to the degeneration of the various spinal components, the spinal nerves in the back, especially in the lower back area suffer from lumbar spinal stenosis leading to back and leg pain. This happens because the degenerated vertebrae put pressure on the nerve roots making them dysfunctional. One experiences the following when he is suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis:
- Extreme leg pain
- Pain in the thigh and buttock area
- Tingling feeling that radiated from the lower back till the feet.
In order to release the pressure on the nerve root, a surgery has to be done
How is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis treated?
A person suffering from lumber spinal stenosis has the following surgery options available which aim at decompressing the nerve root:
- Facetectomy/ Foraminotomy: This surgical procedure remove a small part of facet (which is a bony structure) which puts pressure on the nerve root.
- Laminotomy: in this decompression procedure, the surgeon removes the part of lamina to release the pressure. Or sometimes the removal of lamina also allows the surgeon to access the other facets that are compressing the nerves.
- Interspinous Process Distractors surgery: An X-STOP devices is inserted in the lower back, between the columns where the bone is offending the nerve. Using this device, the bone is separated from the nerve root, relieving the pressure.
- Microendoscopic Decompression: In this method the decompression procedure is carried out by inserting a tube in the spinal column and to relieve the pressure using small tools and instruments instead of operating in through a large incision.
Points to remember after the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery
For the best results of the lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, one must follow the following points:
- The patient must not undertake any heavy physical activities after the surgery.
- He must continue the physiotherapy prescribed by his doctor regularly. Only physiotherapy can bring back the strength of the damaged bones.
- He must take a holiday for at least 1.5 months after the surgery.
Success rate of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery in India
Till date, the success rate of the lumbar spinal stenosis surgery in India has been as high as 90-95%. In some years of survey, the success rate was 100%. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis surgery can lead to very minor complications which can be solved easily but in maximum cases, the patients report a huge difference in their health.
Cost of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis surgery in India
The cost of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery in India starts from 6000 USD. The cost changes depending on the type of surgery to be done, the type of room, complications involved in the surgery etc. However, this cost is one third than in the other countries.
Top best hospitals for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery in India
The spine surgeries in the following hospitals of India are considered to be the best:
- Leelavati Hospital, Mumbai
- Primus super Speciality Hospital
- Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad etc.
- Fortis Hospital in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad etc.
- Max Super Speciality Hospital
- Medanta Medicity, Gurgaon
- Moolchand Orthopaedics Hospital
Best surgeons for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis surgery in India
Following are some of the most experienced doctors in the field of spinal surgeries:
- Dr. Paresh Doshi
- Dr. Alok Gupta
- Dr. Sandeep Vaishya
- Dr. Arun Saroha
- Dr. Ram Chaddha
- Dr. Asha Bakshi
- Dr. Harshavardhan K. Hegde
- Dr. Arvind Kulkarni
- Dr. T.S Kanaka
- Dr. Deepu Banerjee
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