Lumbar decompression surgery aims to open the carriageway for smooth traffic flow along your spinal motorway (Understand Spinal Motorway). This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically requires a brief hospital stay. Depending on the nature and degree of compression, bone removal may be necessary to address the issue. The ultimate goal is to restore a free-flowing motorway, reducing stenosis-related symptoms.
Narrowing of the spinal canal as a result of spinal stenosis as seen in diagram 1 and MRI scan
1. The Decompression Process
- Traffic Metaphor: Think of it as easing traffic congestion on your spinal motorway.
- Procedure Details: Typically performed under general anesthesia.
- Bony Resection: Sometimes, bone removal is necessary to relieve compression.
2. Post-Operative Care
- Early Mobilization and Rehabilitation: Essential for recovery; you’ll receive guidance on physiotherapy exercises.
- Precautions: General precautions, including avoiding heavy lifting while bending forward and minimizing prolonged sitting.
- Walking After Surgery: Initially, avoid long walks in the first two weeks to prevent wound complications.
- Guided Progress: Gradually increase walking distance and activity under the supervision of your physiotherapist.
3. Recovery and Beyond
- Personalized Care: Recovery is unique to each patient; follow post-operative instructions diligently.
- Consultation: Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for monitoring and guidance.
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