A Quick Walk Through Spondylosis Surgical Options
Spondylosis (spine arthritis) is a common term used to describe back problems from degenerative conditions of the spine. Everyday wear and tear and lifestyle choices, such as extended sitting and lack of physical activities, usually damage your spinal joints, and can lead to spondylosis. In advanced stage, spondylosis can be painful and lead to other conditions, such as sciatica (when the nerves become pinched). There are more than 150 different types of arthritis and each type can require a different treatment. One of the most common forms, however, is spondylosis, which requires special attention. Patients diagnosed with spondylosis are typically first prescribed non-surgical treatments. If non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief, physicians may recommend spondylosis surgeries. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center treat various types of arthritis including spondylosis. Continuing the discussion, in the post we discuss various types of spondylosis surgical options.
Traditional Surgical Options
The joints in the spine are known as facet joints. They help in stabilizing the spine. If spondylosis involves facet joints putting pressure on a nerve, a surgery called facetectomy could be performed to remove the facet joint and reduce the pressure.
If a bone spur or osteophyte is pressing the nerve, then a foraminotomy may need to be done. During the surgery, the surgeon removes bone or tissue that compresses or obstructs the spinal nerve root.
Each vertebra has a bony plate called lamina that protects the spinal cord and spinal canal. The lamina can press on your nerves or spinal cord causing spondylosis. Laminectomy surgery is done to enlarge the spinal canal by removing the lamina and creating space between the spinal cord and/or nerves.
When the lamina protecting the spinal cord and spinal canal put pressure on nerves, a laminotomy can be performed to make more space for the nerves. The surgery is also useful in relieving the stress on the nerves and spinal cord.
Corpectomy, also referred to as vertebrectomy is a surgical procedure which is done to remove a part of the vertebral body, as bone spurs (osteophytes) form between the spinal cord and vertebral body.
Spondylosis is a fairly common condition in the spine. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential in helping patients recovery from the pain associated with this condition. If you or someone you know is looking for a spondylosis treatment, Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center can help. We help you connect with physician members with experience in treating and managing arthritis conditions, including spondylosis. To book an appointment with a participating physician, fill out our appointment form or call at 1-888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.