Spinal decompression is treatment to relieve pressure on one or many “pinched nerves” of the spinal column. It is used to treat conditions which cause chronic backache such as herniated disc, disc bulge, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.
Surgical spinal decompression is performed by:
- Microdisectomy / Microdecompression
- Laminectomy/open decompression
Microdiscectomy: This is a minimally invasive procedure which involves removal of a portion of a herniated nucleus pulposus by a surgical instrument or laser.
Laminectomy: This is a procedure in which a small portion of the arch of the vertebrae is removed to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve. This is performed when conservative treatments fail to provide relief from back pain.