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I would like to know more about decompression as a surgical procedure. What is it being done for? My neighbour is going to have this procedure. Is it related with his back pain?

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Decompression is a surgical procedure that is performed to alleviate pain caused by pinched nerves. In this type of back surgery, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root or disc material from under the nerve root is removed. This gives the nerve root more space and provides a better healing environment. There are several conditions that can cause neural impingement. Some of them are: spinal stenosis, a disc herniation, isthmic spondylolisthesis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, or a spinal tumor. There are two common types of spine surgery decompression procedures. First is microdiscectomy or microdecompression and second one is laminectomy or open decompression. Both a microdiscectomy and laminectomy can be done with a minimum amount of morbidity like pos-op discomfort. Also, they can be done with a high degree of success in alleviating low back pain, all thanks to modern spine surgery techniques.
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