Lumbar Spine Surgery

Lumbar spine or lower back extends from L1-S1 and any surgery performed between these vertebrae is termed as lumbar surgery.

Lumbar disorders

  • Lumbar herniated disc

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis

  • Lumbar radiculopathy

  • Lumbar degenerative disc disease

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Infection

  • Tumors

Symptoms of Lumbar disorders

  • Lower back, buttock or leg pain and stiffness

  • Painful motion & disability

  • Weakness, and numbness or decreased sensation in the legs

  • Numbness that is made worse with walking and relieved by resting

Types of Lumbar Spine Surgery

The following surgeries are most commonly performed to treat lower back conditions that are either not eligible or have not responded well to conservative management:

  • Lumbar Decompression: It is the procedure that involves removal of a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root. Decompression is done to relieve pain caused by pinching of the nerve and provide more room for the nerve to heal. The most common types of decompression surgery are:

    • Microdiscectomy

    • Laminectomy

X-STOP is an alternative to the above procedures.

  • Lumbar Fusion: The procedure of using a bone graft to fuse or stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment with instrumentation is called lumbar fusion.

  • Other procedures like decompression and/or spinal fusion may be performed to address other types of lumbar spine pathologies, such as infection or tumors.