Dr. Hooman M. Melamed is a top Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in Marina Del Rey, CA. With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Hooman M. Melamed is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field,... more
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, an estimated 8% – 11% of Americans suffer from spinal stenosis, a condition that frequently affects those 50+ and is characterized by pain, numbness, weakness and cramping radiating down one’s legs, buttocks, and lower back. That number is expected to rise as Baby Boomers age. Until recently, spinal fusion, which permanently joins the vertebrae together, was the only option for those who no longer responded to pain medication or physical therapy. But that option severely limited the amount of physical activity patients could enjoy.
Now there’s a surgical procedure that treats those with moderate to severe spinal stenosis and preserves their ability to live active, motion-filled lives with little or no pain. The procedure involves making a tiny incision in the affected area, then performing a decompression during which bone and soft tissue in and around the spine are removed to relieve the pain. A titanium implant is then inserted to help stabilize the spine.
So many people are plagued with pain due to spinal stenosis, and it severely impacts the kind of lifestyle they wish to live. Now, we no longer have to fuse the spine to relieve pain, and that is of utmost importance to those who want to enjoy living motion-filled lives.
Spinal stenosis is part of the aging process. It typically starts when the tissue in the lower spine begins to harden, discs collapse, and bulge and bone spurs develop. Such occurrences narrow the amount of space in the spinal canal and cause the nerves to pinch, resulting in pain. Engaging in physical activity – even walking – can exacerbate the condition.