Lumbar Stenosis

Lumbar Stenosis

Once you reach the age of 60, there are some medical conditions that would stand in the way to hamper your lifestyle.

Medical issues like lumbar stenosis and other related physical conditions may develop but these are quite understandable because as people grow older, living with some restrictions becomes imminent.

What is Lumbar Stenosis?

This degenerative condition refers to the narrowing of an individual’s spinal canal. The nerves that go through one’s lower back towards the legs are compressed, thus, producing some limitations on mobility and pain.

The narrowing activity on the spinal canal typically happens at a slow pace and develops over a span of several years.

What are the Causes of Lumbar Stenosis?

  • Aging causes the spinal disks to lose its elasticity. As bone spurs begin to surface and ligaments are thickened things become more challenging.
  • Due to some developmental issues or accidents like slip disc or scoliosis

Therefore, this medical condition does not only happen in adults. Young people are also considered at risk.

What are the Symptoms of Lumbar Stenosis?

Symptoms may root from either the amount of nerve compression or inflammation or maybe both. For other patients, symptoms are not felt until the condition starts to become aggravated.

These include:

  • Numbness, weakness or pain on the legs, buttocks, or calves
  • Radiating pain on thighs, legs, or both
  • Experiencing cramps on the calves
  • Irregular bowel movement or abnormal bladder function
  • Reduced mobility particularly on the legs
  • Pain is eased when sitting, bending forward, or lying down
How to diagnose Lumbar Stenosis?

Diagnosis is conducted by a neurosurgeon. It is usually based on:

  • Symptoms
  • A patient’s medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Tests

Neurosurgeons employ imaging studies such as:

  • CAT or CT scan: Combines several x-ray images to determine the size and shape of the spinal canal. This detailed bone anatomy image also shows the spinal canal contents and the underlying structures.

  • X-ray: Provides an image of the bone structure, spine alignment, and condition of the joints

  • Myelogram: Provides insight into the magnitude of the pressure affecting the spine area.

  • MRI: Shows not only the spinal cord but includes the roots and the areas that surround. This is where you can see degeneration of the bone structure, enlargement, or tumors.

What are the Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatments for Lumbar Stenosis?

Treatments for lumbar stenosis can be invasive or non-invasive. Read carefully and compare.

Non-Surgical Treatments Available

  • Anti-inflammatory and swelling medicines like Cortisone epidural injections administered on the spine (can be done up to a maximum of three times in a year)
  • Nerve pain relievers such as analgesics, Gabapentin and Pregabalin
  • Oral cortisone medications
  • 4 to 6-week Physical therapy program

If you try to combine medications, time, and posture management, severe pain may just take a vacation. Controlling weight and quitting on smoking can also alleviate the pain.

Bone-strengthening exercises would enable you to resume performing normal activities. But these suggestions are just good for those who are not into severe pain.

In cases where conservative treatment fails, the doctor would suggest surgery.

Patients qualify for surgery if:

  • They are in good health
  • There is difficulty in walking or standing
  • Bladder function or bowel movement is irregular
  • Back pain causes impaired leg movement or physical activity
  • Prescribed medications or therapy prove ineffective

Surgical Treatments Available:

  • Decompressive Laminectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Medial Facetectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Instrumented Fusion
  • Posterolateral Fusion
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Coflex and X-Stop interspinous devices
What are the Risks & Complications of Lumbar Stenosis?

With all these treatments loom complication and risks to your health. There would be:

  • Anesthesia complications
  • Hardware Fracture
  • Implant Migration
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Transitional Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Transitional Pain
  • Lung Problems
  • Infection
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis

Pain and some impairments may also arise right after each procedure and the need for additional surgery may be in the works in the near future. Discussing the risks that come with each operation you are suggested to undergo is the wisest thing to do and there is no other expert that can provide you with more information than your doctor.

Therefore, be honest and wise enough to discuss your concerns with your chosen medical practitioner.

How Can UPHI Surgical Centre Help You?
  • UPHI has qualified Neurologist & Neurosurgeons who have treated numerous Patients with spine related problems
  • We have our own diagnostic center to diagnose the actual problem and to cure it effectively
  • Regular Follow-ups is done through our medical representatives
  • No waiting time, Book an Appointment now with our specialist to get instant treatment
  • The cost of Lumbar Stenosis Surgery or Treatment is comparatively less.

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