Pennsylvania Brain & Spine Institute accepts most major insurances including Aetna, Cigna, Highmark, United, and UPMC Health Plans.
Pennsylvania Brain & Spine Institute accepts most major insurances including Aetna, Cigna, Highmark, United, and UPMC Health Plans.
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Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Microdecompression

This minimally invasive procedure is used to remove overgrown vertebral bone and soft tissue to relieve the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar (lower) spine. It is performed through a small incision on the back.

The surgeon uses x-ray to identify the diseased vertebral level or levels, then makes small incisions directly above the target level. A series of dilators of increasing size are guided down through muscles and soft tissue. The surgeon slides a tubular retractor over the dilators and removes them, creating a working channel that leaves muscle tissue intact.

The surgeon may use a microscope or endoscope to direct surgical instruments through the working channel. Excess bone or ligament tissue is carefully removed from the space around the nerve root, relieving pressure and pain.

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