Preparing for Lumbar Stenosis Surgery
Lumbar stenosis surgery is a procedure that will attempt to relieve compression on the spinal nerves in the lower back. “Stenosis” refers to the narrowing of any neural body, so the operation will involve the removal of debris or disc material that is causing the spinal column to constrict. A variety of back conditions can cause stenosis. Sciatica, herniated discs, bulging discs, or bone spurs can all cause stenosis and the accompanying pain, tingling, and numbness.
No matter what condition caused your stenosis, there are a variety of ways that you can prepare for surgery so that the procedure and the post-operative rehabilitation process go as smoothly as possible.
Follow the advice of your orthopedic surgeon leading up to lumbar stenosis surgery. These tips may include the following:
- A few months before the procedure, focus on physical fitness. Building strength and flexibility will make it easier for your body to recover from surgery, and this will also help you to return to an active lifestyle soon after surgery.
- With the help of your doctor, develop a nutritional plan. This will increase your immune system and your body’s ability to fight infection. A healthy diet means the cessation of drinking and smoking—anything that can interfere with normal heart and lung function should be completely eliminated.
- Your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications a few weeks before the surgery, especially drugs with anti-coagulant properties.
Remember that the type of lumbar stenosis surgery you choose will also have an impact on how quickly your recover. Traditional, open-back surgeries tend to have long rehabilitation periods because of muscle trauma and the size of the incision. Minimally invasive procedures, on the other hand, use endoscopic techniques to ensure that disruption of the surrounding nerves and tissues is kept to an absolute minimum.
If you would like more information about minimally invasive, endoscopic spine procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute (LSI) today. Our surgical team will review your MRI or CT scan, completely free of charge, and then discuss the variety of disc pain relief options that are available to you.