Minimally Invasive Decompression Surgery

What is Minimally Invasive Decompression Surgery?

The process involves a small incision where the surgeon will remove the area of the bone or disc that is compressing a nerve in your spinal cord. This type of surgery is performed on patients who have a nerve compressed along their spinal cord, resulting in radiating pain.


Reasons for the procedure

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition in elderly patients and may lead to progressive back and leg pain, muscular weakness, sensory disturbance, or problems with mobility. While nerve compression can be caused by a number of things, it is usually a result of one of the following spine conditions:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Bone spurs
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Facet disease
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Annular tear


Minimally invasive decompression procedures:

  • Foraminotomy

    A foraminotomy is a decompression surgery that is performed to enlarge the passageway where a spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal. Conditions such as foraminal narrowing caused by bulging discs, herniated discs, scar tissue, bone spurs, thickening of the ligament and facet hypertrophy can be treated with a foraminotomy.

    Formainotomy image
  • Laminotomy

    Laminotomy is the removal of a small portion of the lamina and ligaments, usually on one side to relieve pressure on the spinal cord compressed by spinal stenosis. Conditions such as spinal stenosis that are caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spurs, hypertrophy of the ligament flavum, facet hypertrophy and scar tissue can be approached surgically by doing a laminotomy.

    Laminotomy image
  • Disectomy

    The surgical removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord. It involves removing the central portion of an intervertebral disc, which causes pain by stressing the spinal cord or radiating nerves.


About Us

The first in Texas to perform micro-endoscopic laser spine surgery with an incision as small as 3 mm, Dr. Won advises multiple international spine technology companies and has helped design many groundbreaking tools for the minimally invasive spine surgery industry.

Dr. Won also innovated the Pain Mapping procedures, this diagnostic study helps to pin point the pain generator so that we can provide the least invasive spine procedures, LuMINI.

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