Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar spine. If it is associated with a significant or unstable slip of the vertebra, a decompression and fusion is the surgical procedure to relieve the symptoms and let you get back on with your life. This video–Surgery for Degenerative Spondylolystheses with Spinal Stenosis–explains through models what the surgery consists of and how it reduces the symptoms of neurogenic claudication (positional pinching of the spinal canal) by opening the canal and stabilizing the unstable vertebra.
About the Author: Donald Corenman, MD, DC
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.