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Lumbar Radiculopathy

Lumbar Radiculopathy in Pontiac, Michigan

Radiculopathy Specialist Michigan | Dr. Todd Francis, M.D - back-pain

How Can Lumbar Radiculopathy Treatments Help You Get Rid of Your Constant Nerve Pain?

If you experience nerve pain in your legs or buttocks often, such as sciatica, surgical treatment for lumbar radiculopathy may be an appropriate solution to eliminate the pain, weakness, or even numbing that you feel. What is often referred to as shooting pain results from your spinal nerve being compressed at the root. This can occur because of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, osteophyte formation, and a number of other degenerative disorders. Dr. Francis will meet with you to discuss all of your treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical, when it comes to your lumbar radiculopathy. 

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MIS Lumbar Microdiscectomy

This minimally invasive surgical treatment is commonly performed as an outpatient surgery to reduce or completely relieve pressure off of your spinal nerves that cause back pain. This is often a result of herniated discs pinching or putting pressure on the nerve root. The most well-known example of this is sciatica, which patients describe as sharp shooting pains up their spine and down their legs. Because this is a minimally invasive surgery, in addition to almost immediate pain relief, it also allows for reduced recovery time. At St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Dr. Francis treats patients experiencing lumbar pains quite often. During your consultation, ask him about your surgical options to help you live a better life without the constant shooting pain. 

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Radiculopathy Specialist Michigan | Dr. Todd Francis, M.D - lower-back-pain


This treatment for bony stenosis of the lumbar nerve roots is done in a similar fashion as a lumbar microdiscectomy that removes parts of the vertebrae that are putting pressure on the spinal nerve and expands the spine. Dr. Francis will be able to identify the best minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help alleviate the pressure that causes your pain. With such precise surgical technique, this can also allow you to endure much shorter recovery times. Request a consultation with Dr. Francis to see if a laminoforaminotomy makes sense for you.

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Balloon Kyphoplasty

If you are in need of treatment for painful vertebral compression fractures, Dr. Francis might recommend a balloon kyphoplasty. This procedure involves a needlestick-size incision and only takes around 10 minutes per level. The result is almost immediate pain relief. Candidates for this procedure generally are over the age of 65 with osteoporosis and debilitating back pain. Let Dr. Francis explain why a balloon kyphoplasty might be a good solution to your back pain.

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