Spinal decompression surgery is performed to treat compressed nerves in the lower (lumbar) spine. It’s only recommended when non-surgical treatments have proved unhelpful.
Decompression surgery is becoming increasingly common for the treatment of spinal stenosis. Although relief from leg pain is expected after surgery, long term results of pain relief and function are more uncertain.
Also, the surgery may not improve back pain much. It is difficult to determine who will benefit from spinal decompression surgery. Some common risks associated with the procedure include infection, blood clots, nerve or tissue damage.
Spinal decompression surgery is successful in relieving pain in 80 to 90 per cent of patients. However, it does not correct the underlying degeneration of the vertebrae due to wear and tear of ageing, so a return of symptoms is possible.
The procedure can cost around USD 4,526 in India.