Surgical Decompression of the Spine
urgical decompression is required when the pressure on a nerve or spinal cord becomes so severe that it causes pain, loss of strength and function. Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a series of stretching and relaxing exercises to reduce the inflammation of the disc that is causing pain from minor pressure on the nerves. This will often help the disc inflammation to retract or aid in diminishing minor nerve inflammation. By alleviating the swelling caused by an injury or trauma, the discogenic pain or nerve compression will subside. Another option to reduce nerve inflammation is a steroid injection around the affected area. This would be performed by a pain management doctor.
Surgical Spine Decompression vs. Pain Management and Physical Therapy
If the spinal cord compression is too severe or if the “pinched nerve” is to0 compromised as evidenced by symptoms such as the loss of movement, loss of bladder control, or loss of fecal continence, then surgical decompression may be the only option. Depending on the levels and location, this surgical decompression to remove the portion of the offending vertebral bone can be done either at a same-day surgical center or might require a hospital-based overnight stay. Our team of brain neurosurgeons, who are spine surgeons, will determine what is best based on each individual patient’s clinical history and need.
The surgery for spine decompression removes either the bone or disc that is pressing on the nerves or spinal cord while maintaining the structural integrity of the spine.
NJ’s Only Comprehensive Facility For Spine Decompression Surgery and Follow Up Care
The dedicated surgical and non-surgical team at North Jersey Spine Group (NJSG) understands how back problems can impact daily life. By working with recognized board-certified neurosurgeons, non-surgical physicians, physiatrists, rehabilitation specialists and certified physical therapists, patients will receive comprehensive and coordinated care, so they can resume a healthy, less painful lifestyle free from disability. NJSG offers multiple convenient locations spanning from Passaic County to Morris County and nearby towns including Clifton, Jersey City, and Parsippany, NJ. Northern NJ patients can learn more about spinal decompression surgery or conservative care, by contacting the doctors at NJSG today.