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A Look at Common Spinal Decompression Procedures

Dr Brian Klagges, MD

Brian Klagges, MD, serves as an anesthesiologist at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. Also a consultant for Vertos Medical and MinSURG, Dr. Brian Klagges provides training for physicians across the country in minimally invasive lumbar decompression techniques.

Often undertaken to alleviate a neural impingement, lumbar decompression is one of several types of spinal decompression techniques used to alleviate pain in the lower back. Spinal decompression, which includes procedures such as laminectomy, foraminotomy, and laminoplasty, can be performed anywhere from the neck to the lumbar.

Most commonly, physicians employ one of two procedures when surgically addressing lumbar pain. These include microdiscectomy, also known as microdecompression, and lumbar laminectomy, also known as open decompression. Microdiscectomies involve removing a small part of bone or disc material and are most often performed when lumbar pain stems from a herniated disc. Alternatively, lumbar laminectomies are recommended to address lumbar spinal stenosis and are less invasive in nature than microdiscectomies. The procedure employs magnification and special equipment to remove bone spurs and enlarged ligaments.

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