Spinal Stenosis Surgery
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What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis, or spinal narrowing, is a common spinal condition that involves a narrowing in one or more areas of the spine as a result of injury or deterioration to the discs, joints, or bones within the spinal canal. The most commons areas of the spine affected by spinal stenosis are the cervical and lumbar regions. While some patients may be born with spinal stenosis, most cases develop later in life as a result of the degenerative changes that occur over time.

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Osteoarthritis & Spinal Stenosis

Osteoarthritis is the main cause of spinal stenosis, as it causes the cartilage in the area to deteriorate. Eventually, this deterioration results in the bones rubbing against each other and forming growths or bone spurs. These bone spurs may narrow the spinal canal when they form near the facet joints, the joints that enable you to bend. Spinal stenosis can also be caused by a herniated disc, ligament changes, or spinal tumors.

Spinal Stenosis SymptomsA woman in athletic wear outdoors hunched over experiencing lower back pain who is most likely a victim of spinal stenosis.

Some patients may not experience any symptoms from this condition. It is only when the narrowed area of the spine compresses the spinal cord or nerves that symptoms arise. If a patient exhibits symptoms as a result of spinal stenosis they can include:

  • A loss of sensation in back, neck, or shoulders
  • Bladder malfunction
  • Cramping, pain, and numbness
  • A loss of balance

Diagnosing Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can come and go and may resemble the symptoms of many other conditions. In order to reach a diagnosis of spinal stenosis, Dr. Lipani will first rule out any other conditions. Patients will likely have to undergo one or more imaging exams such as a spinal X-ray, MRI, CT scan, and bone scans. Additionally, Dr. Lipani will ask you several questions about your symptoms and overall health. Based on your answers and imaging results Dr. Lipani can then correctly diagnose your condition and provide an adequate treatment solution.

Spinal Stenosis Surgery

The majority of spinal stenosis cases can be treated through conservative methods such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and a back brace. Patients will typically continue these treatments for at least three months. This will give the spine enough time to heal properly and allow for full function. The specific treatment for your individual condition may vary.

In more severe cases of spinal stenosis, surgery may be required to relieve pressure on the spinal cord while also maintaining the integrity of the site. Dr. Lipani may perform procedures such as a decompressive laminectomy, laminotomy, or fusion that relieve pressure and join the damaged bone back to its normal state.

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“Dr. Lipani and Kathy are more like family than Dr and nurse. Amazing work and bedside manner. Second surgery with them and I feel more like my younger days. If you are in pain they will help. John and Kathy have to be the most caring dedicated people in this profession. Thank you so much for everything.”

“Princeton Neurological Surgery is highly recommended. I received top notch care from the moment I walked into the office. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Kathy handled all my insurance pre-certifications and made sure that no aspect was a stress to me. Dr. Lipani is the absolute best. He takes the time to fully explain and answers questions, has a great bedside manner, and saw me every day of my hospital stay after surgery, even on a holiday. I wouldn’t let any other neurosurgeon but Dr. Lipani and his staff treat me. The best in the area.”

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Spinal Stenosis Surgery At Princeton Neurological Surgery

At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. Lipani is a board-certified fellowship-trained spine surgeon in New Jersey who performs minimally invasive spine surgery as well as complex spinal procedures. Dr. Lipani is a specialist in the treatment for spinal stenosis and many other spinal conditions such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, low back pain, neck pain, spinal tumors, spinal cancer, and more. He offers image-guided spine surgery approaches for spinal stenosis treatment, tailored to the needs of each patient.

Dr. Lipani treats patients from around the world, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey including locally from Princeton, New Brunswick, Hopewell, Pennington, and communities throughout Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth, Morris and Mercer Counties for spinal stenosis.

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Dr. Lipani performs spinal surgeries using state-of-the-art spinal stenosis treatment in hospitals around New Jersey. Because he has over 15 years of experience, Dr. Lipani knows how to communicate with his patients and ensure they receive the correct spinal surgery option for them. Call Princeton Neurological Surgery at 609-890-3400 today to schedule your consultation.

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