What is the goal of lumbar stenosis surgery?

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The goal of lumbar stenosis surgery is to remove thickened bone and ligaments that are compressing the nerves, decompress the spinal canal and open up the space for the nerves.

After surgery, the canal is wide open and the nerves are free, with plenty of spinal fluid to bathe around them. This is called a laminectomy, and it can be done with minimally invasive techniques, which can help with outcomes.

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