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Northshore spine surgeon, Dr. Samer Shamieh, compares the discs in the spine to a jelly doughnut. If the disc gets squeezed, it can cause pressure on the nerve roots surrounding it and cause numbness or weakness in the area around it.


A Minimally Invasive Laminectomy is the removal of the posterior structures causing compression on the nerve. A laminectomy can be performed through an incision less than half an inch long and performed as an outpatient procedure. A laminectomy is usually suggested to relieve pressure on the spinal cord.


AVALA Spine offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.

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