Ahmet Çolak, Kıvanç Topuz, Murat Kutlay, Serdar Kaya, Hakan Şimşek, Ahmet Çetinkal, Mehmet N. Demircan

November 2008, Volume 17, Issue 12, pp 1745 - 1751 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-008-0801-z

First Online: 01 October 2008

The lateral recess is one of the main compression sites in lumbar spinal canal stenosis. Lumbar nerve root is mainly entrapped by bony tissue in compression syndrome. The patient has a long history of back pain in conjunction with claudication symptoms. Besides laminotomy and facetectomy techniques, several specific surgical approaches to treat the lateral recess stenosis have been described. The surgical technique of bilateral lateral recess decompression via subarticular fenestrations used in this study is a less invasive technique, which enables to decompress the neural structures while preserving as much of the bony structures and ligamentum flavum as preferred. In 16 patients, we measured lateral recess heights with computerized tomography. The number of involved lumbar segments was one in 11 patients and two in 5 patients. The visual analogue scale (VAS) results were maintained before, 3 and 12 months after the operation. All patients benefited from the operations. Mean VAS scores were 7.0, 5.5, and 4.0, respectively. There were not any surgery-related complications. Mean follow-up period is 22.6 months. The surgical technique described and used in this study provides easy access to every zone of lateral recess and is safe and effective in treating the lumbar lateral recess stenosis syndrome.

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