Expert Spinal Stenosis Treatment in the Central Valley
Often the result of degenerative arthritis, spinal stenosis is a condition
in which the area of the lower back or neck (either the spinal canal or
one or more of the openings between vertebrae) becomes narrowed, causing
significant pain and discomfort. Patients with this condition often develop
chronic low back pain, leg pain and weakness or numbness in their legs.
If you have lower leg pain or numbness and need expert spinal stenosis
treatment in Visalia, a board-certified
spine surgeon performing spine surgery at Kaweah Delta Health Care District can minimize
symptoms and help you return to a more normal life.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of spinal stenosis may vary depending on the location
of the affected vertebrae, specifically:
Cervical spine: May result in weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation in the foot,
leg, hand or arm. Other symptoms include problems walking or maintaining
balance, as well as incontinence.
Lumbar spine: Spinal stenosis of the lower back may result in pain and cramping in the
legs during long periods of standing or walking.
Types of Surgery for Spinal Stenosis
Kaweah Delta offers the following services for spinal stenosis in Visalia:
Laminectomy: The surgeon removes the lamina (part of the bone that makes up a vertebrae
in your spine). This may also be performed in order to minimize pressure
on your spinal nerves or spinal cord. In some situations, the surgeon
may link the vertebrae together using metal hardware and a bone graft
(known as a spinal fusion) in order to maintain strength in the spine.
Laminotomy: During this procedure, the surgeon removes only a portion of the affected
lamina, usually making a large space to relieve the pressure.
Laminoplasty: To treat affected vertebrae in the neck, the surgeon opens up a space in
the spinal canal by creating a hinge with metal hardware on the lamina,
thereby alleviating pressure.
Make an Appointment with a Visalia Spine Surgeon
If you visit Kaweah Delta with signs of spinal stenosis, your spine surgeon
may perform a neurological exam to test your hearing, balance, vision
and coordination. This may additionally be paired with imaging tests,
such as X-rays, MRI and CT scans, to provide a clear diagnosis of your
symptoms. To learn more about spinal stenosis and receive world-class
treatment, schedule a consultation with your primary care doctor or click
HERE for to obtain a list of neurosurgeons in the area.
In Visalia, Kaweah Delta’s surgical team and local neurosurgeons
partner to provide excellent treatment of
spinal stenosis or patients from Visalia, Hanford, Tulare, Porterville, Fresno, Bakersfield
and surrounding areas