What Happens During Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery?
The surgeon will begin by administering a general anesthetic for you to become unconscious. Certain aspects of your health, including blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen, will be monitored using a heart monitor and blood pressure cuff during the entire session. Based on your health status, your surgeon may use a minimally invasive incision to complete this surgery.
Once you become unconscious, the surgeon will create a cut in your back to access the diseased spine. He will remove the damaged lamina using appropriate surgical instruments. To complete the process, your surgeon will close the incision with stitches or staples and dress the wound.
In cases where the spinal bones have slipped over one another, the surgeon will perform a spinal fusion to add stability to the spine. The fusion will also be necessary if you have a spinal curvature. It involves connecting the vertebrae with bone grafts, screws, or metal rods.