Lumbar decompression surgery is a type of spinal surgery performed to treat some conditions affecting the lower back (lumbar spine) that haven’t responded to other treatments.
Indication of Surgery:
The main aim of this type of surgery is to improve problems affecting the legs, such as persistent pain and numbness, caused by pressure on the nerves in the spine. Decompression surgery can be an effective treatment for people with severe pain caused by compressed nerves. Up to three in every four people who have the operation experience a significant improvement in pain.
Lumbar decompression surgery is often used to treat spinal stenosis, slipped disc, sciatica, spinal injuries and metastatic spinal cord compression.
Types of Surgery:
There are two common types of spine surgery decompression procedures: Microdiscectomy and lumbar laminectomy.
The patient can go back to work after complete healing. The decision is also based on the type of job and the occupation of the patient
Immediately after surgery, patient will have some pain in and around the area of the surgery. Patient will receive pain relieving medications. The original leg pain before surgery improves considerably improves immediately post-surgery, however, six weeks rest is necessary for complete heal and to be fit for normal activities.