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What is Spinal Decompression Surgery? | Ask the Expert
Spinal decompression is essentially a surgery to remove pressure on the spinal cord or nerves within the spinal canal. Depending on the location and severity of the problem, the surgery involves removing parts of the non-essential bone, ligaments, capsule and other tissues, to relieve the nerves that pass through that area. Of course, as such, there is a small risk of nerve injury. There are also risks of bleeding and hematoma formation, infection, dura tear causing 'spinal headaches', and inadequate relief of the nerve pain. Before any surgery, your surgeon will discuss particular risks with you. <strong>More information:</strong> - <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/back/back_surgery_considerations.page">Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Back Surgery</a> - <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/back/lower_back_pain.page">Back pain articles, videos, and other resources
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Could you explain a surgery named spinal decompression, and describe the risks?

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Rakesh Donthineni, M.D.Rakesh Donthineni, M.D.Spine diseases and spine osteoporosisAlta Bates Summit Medical Center
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Rakesh Donthineni, M.D.Spine diseases and spine osteoporosisAlta Bates Summit Medical Center

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine diseases, including osteoporosis of the spine, and tumors of the spine and extremities. His orthopedic training was at the University of California, San Diego, and he spent a further year at Harvard Medical School for specialty training. Dr. Donthineni is currently in private practice in Berkeley/Oakland.

Spinal decompression is essentially a surgery to remove pressure on the spinal cord or nerves within the spinal canal. Depending on the location and severity of the problem, the surgery involves removing parts of the non-essential bone, ligaments, capsule and other tissues, to relieve the nerves that pass through that area.

Of course, as such, there is a small risk of nerve injury. There are also risks of bleeding and hematoma formation, infection, dura tear causing 'spinal headaches', and inadequate relief of the nerve pain. Before any surgery, your surgeon will discuss particular risks with you.

More information:
- Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Back Surgery
- Back pain articles, videos, and other resources