Among our treatments at Neurosurgical Associates of Central Jersey are solutions for spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the channels that house the spinal nerves in the lumbar spine (lower back) or cervical spine (neck). Spinal stenosis generates pressure on the spinal nerves by compressing the available space in which they can function.
An article in news-medical.net published on October 10, 2012 outlined a study which showed that nearly all groups of patients with spinal stenosis—but not smokers—do better with surgery than with nonsurgical treatment, reports a study in the October 1 issue of Spine.”With the exception of smokers, patients who met strict inclusion criteria improved more with surgery than with nonoperative treatment,” according to the study by Dr. Adam Pearson and colleagues of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. They suggest that patients who smoke should consider quitting before they undergo surgery for spinal stenosis.