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.
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 Symptoms
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.
“Dr. Lipani is the finest neurosurgeon! Compassionate, Caring, Down to Earth with his professionalism; he is the best! My son Alan, had an L-4/ L/5 Spine Fusion, 7.5 hour surgery and I can not thank the “Great Doctor”/Surgeon for his dedication, kindness and caring.” – Alan B.
“The Doctor outstanding in every way possible. Explaining every detail and taking his time to do so. Amazing for a surgeon to be so informing of the procedure to me and my wife. After the surgery he came out and explained everything to me. My wife is doing great after the cervical spine fusion, moving her arm in ways she hasn’t in years and getting her feeling back in her fingers” – Anthony R.
“Dr. Lipani and his staff are excellent. Dr. Lipani was very thorough. He explained what needed to be treated and why. He has terrific bedside manners. He answered all my questions patiently. Did not rush me at any time. I recommended him to one of my friends and she was extremely happy with him too.” – Poornima S.
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.
Schedule A Consultation
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.