These spinal decompression sessions are painless and often relaxing, as some patients fall asleep during the procedure. Many patients enjoy the sessions and find them quite relaxing. The operation is performed under general anesthesia, which means that you will be asleep during the procedure and will not feel any pain. The entire operation takes at least an hour, but may take much longer, depending on its complexity.
A regular spinal decompression treatment plan is generally divided into 12 to 20 treatment sessions over 4 to 6 weeks. Patients reported experiencing relief in the first few sessions, but some require more time depending on the severity of the condition. Patients will experience significant relief for more serious conditions at the end of their chiropractic treatment program, which usually lasts 6 weeks. Recovery will begin as soon as the surgeon closes the surgical incision.
You will be taken to the recovery room, where you will be given intravenous pain relievers and your vital signs will be monitored until you wake up and are stable. Paralysis is a rare but serious complication that can occur as a result of lumbar decompression surgery. Spinal decompression is an innovative treatment based on the principle of chiropractic care that involves gentle stretching of the spine to instantly or gradually relieve long-term disc-related pain and discomfort. There is strong evidence that decompression surgery can be an effective treatment for people with severe pain caused by nerve compression.
Recovery time from spinal decompression surgery may vary depending on the complexity of the surgery and the procedures used to treat spinal compression. During lumbar decompression surgery, you'll usually lie on your stomach on a special curved mattress so that the surgeon can better access the affected part of your spine and reduce pressure on your chest, abdomen, and pelvis. During lumbar decompression surgery, there is a risk of accidental damage to the nerve lining, which can lead to loss of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The goal of lumbar decompression surgery is to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, while maintaining as much of the strength and flexibility of the spine as possible.
Always consult your spinal decompression specialist to see if you qualify for spinal decompression therapy. While lumbar decompression is usually successful, like all types of surgery, it carries a risk of complications. Spinal decompression stretches the muscles in a direction of elongation that the body is generally not used to. There is a risk of a blood clot forming after lumbar decompression surgery, especially on the leg.
Spinal decompression has been clinically shown to create negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session. When you work with an experienced and compassionate surgeon for spinal decompression surgery, your recovery time will focus on getting back to your daily life. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about the above conditions or to find out if you would qualify for spinal decompression therapy.