About Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression is used to describe several specific techniques that are applied to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve branches. This pressure can cause pain, numbness in the arms and legs, and other medical complications if otherwise left untreated. Both nonsurgical and surgical methods of decompression have been used to treat patients who are experiencing pain due to pressure on the spinal cord. At Spine Care of North Texas, Dr. Kendall Carll provides minimally invasive microdecompression procedures to help relieve compression on the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. This allows for diminished spinal pain and healing of the nerve root. To learn more about spinal decompression, we invite you to contact one of our facilities in Addison, Frisco or Plano to schedule a consultation with board-certified spine surgeon Dr. Carll.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr. Carll is THE BEST!!! I had to have an A-lift spinal fusion and never before have I seen such a caring doctor and staff. They held my hand through my fears were actually there for me and more throughout the process. I don't believe there is a more caring, more compassionate doctor than Dr. Carll. Thanks to him and his amazing abilities I can feel my right leg again and now live without pain. I will forever be grateful to this office and Dr. Carll for being there for me as a person and as a patient.-Nicole Baucum"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 17, 2019
"Excellent care - Very compassionate doctor! Truly cares about your pain and issues."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 12, 2019
"Excellent Care!! - I had put off my 360 Spinal Fusion for over a decade, relying on epidurals to deal with the pain. After doing two years of thorough research, I chose Dr. Kendall Carll at the Spine Care of North Texas. Being that I’m in the medical industry, I did ask around, too.From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels.The staff did a great job setting up my home health care; which included a nurse and a physical therapist. They, too, did an outstanding job. A large part of my job involves air travel. I felt so “good” I reached out to see if I was ok to travel. I followed all restrictions, primarily lifting, and was able to take a two-hour flight. This is amazing considering it was only 23 days post-surgery.If you’re like me and will use insurance, be sure to do the match; to make sure your rehab will be completed by the end of the year.“I am 100% satisfied with my experience with Spine Care of North Texas. Every single person on staff was terrific, and the system worked flawlessly. I now refer all my friends and family to them."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 04, 2019
"From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels. They are the best!!!"- E.E. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2019
Spinal decompression is often used to treat spinal stenosis by eliminating pressure on the nerve roots. Spinal stenosis is identified as narrowing of the spinal canal and can be caused by several different factors including spinal injuries, bone spurs, herniated discs, injured ligaments, and abnormal growths on the spinal cords. Before a spinal decompression procedure is suggested, Dr. Carll with perform diagnostic testing, and he will typically suggest nonsurgical procedures as initial forms of treatment. If these procedures are not successful, then he may recommend spinal decompression to alleviate your pain and discomfort.
For a majority of patients, spinal decompression surgery is successful in relieving spinal nerve pain. However, if a degenerative process such as osteoarthritis is the cause of the spinal nerve compression, the nerve pain will likely return as the disease progresses.
Minimally invasive spinal microdecompression is performed under general anesthesia through a small incision. Dr. Carll uses a series of dilators to create a channel that allows him to assess the affected vertebra and nerve root. Using an endoscope or microscope, Dr. Carll will remove excess bone and/or ligament tissue from around the nerve root. This alleviates pressure from the area and creates space for the nerve root to heal properly. Following the procedure, the incision is closed and patients can typically return home within the same day.
What to Expect
After a spinal decompression procedure, patients will typically need a few weeks to heal properly before they can return to their normal daily activities. They may experience some swelling and slight pain, but this can be alleviated through over-the-counter or prescription pain medications provided by Dr. Carll. Follow-up appointments are also required so that Dr. Carll can assess the success of the procedure and ensure the incision is healing as it should. If the procedure was successful, then pain should be eliminated within weeks following the surgery.
Live Pain Free
When there is pressure or an obstruction of a spinal nerve root, it can cause significant pain and discomfort. With minimally invasive spinal decompression techniques, Dr. Carll can alleviate this pain and help you return to your daily life pain free. Contact one of our North Texas facilities to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Carll.