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Lumbar decompression surgery

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Introduction
Lumbar decompression surgery is a type of spinal surgery used to treat some problems affecting the lower back (lumbar spine) that haven't responded to other treatments.
When lumbar surgery may be recommended
Surgery is usually only considered for problems affecting the lower (lumbar) spine if non-surgical treatments have not helped.
What happens during lumbar decompression surgery
If you and your consultant decide that you could benefit from lumbar decompression surgery, you will be put on a waiting list.
Recovering from lumbar decompression surgery
When you wake up after lumbar decompression surgery, your back may feel sore and you will probably be attached to one or more tubes.
Risks of lumbar decompression surgery
Like all surgical procedures, lumbar decompression surgery carries some risk of complications.
Spine expert Mr Ioannis Fouyas on the questions to ask
We asked Mr Ioannis Fouyas, consultant neurosurgeon with a special interest in lumbar spine procedures, what he would ask if he was undergoing lumbar
'Now my range of movement is as good as it ever was'
Ron Oxburgh, chairman of several small companies, successfully underwent lumbar decompression surgery several years ago.