Surgery for spinal stenosis

Written by: Dr. Carlos Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo
Edited by: Top Doctors®


What is channel stenosis?

Canal stenosis is a disease that affects older people, people of the third or fourth age and that consists, as its name suggests, in a stenosis, in a narrowing of the vertebral canal through which the marrow goes down, which is represented here and on the sides come the nerves. This is caused by arthrosis of the joints between one vertebra and another, and by a hypertrophy or enlargement of the yellow ligament, which is a ligament between the lamina and lamina of both vertebrae.


What symptoms does it cause?

The symptoms that the patient complains about are basically related to walking, walking. Patients complain that when they walk 100 meters, 200, 300 meters have to stop because they feel a pain or a lack of sensitivity in both legs, force them to sit on a bench, sit five or ten minutes and then they can recover. and they can start walking again.


Who are affected?

The people most affected by this problem are basically located in the third and fourth age, that is, sixty years or even as life has lasted a lot since the seventy years we have had in consultation many patients and we have operated many with good results


How is it solved?

The solution is always surgical because we do not forget that it is a narrowing, it is a problem of space between the neural elements contained in the spinal canal of the vertebra. Therefore, this conduit must be released, it must be expanded. How is it extended? Cutting, removing the back of the vertebra and especially removing that yellow ligament that we referred to before, eliminating it absolutely nothing happens, the patient can make a normal life and can go home on the second or third day to life normal.


How is the postoperative?

The solution, as we have already explained, is surgical. Although they are patients of sixty, seventy, eighty, or even have operated some of ninety years, the anesthesia techniques have improved a lot, the care of the patient in the operating room is very good and the postoperative care is even better. These patients on the second or third day can go home, it is not necessary to apply screws to the spine because osteoarthritis itself fixes that column. And after a month they are doing normal life and giving their walks now that they have free time with their friends or whoever they want.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Carlos Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo

By Dr. Carlos Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo
Neurological Surgery

Dr. Ruiz-Ocaña Montalvo is Doctor "cum laude" from the Complutense University of Madrid and a specialist in neurosurgery since 1979. After obtaining a place by opposition in the department of neurosurgery at the Hospital de la Princesa, maintained a constant and intense activity care, public and private (Group Ruber) at the same time you spent some time getting square Teaching Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Complutense University of Madrid. After being hired by the Clinical Hospital of Madrid as Section Head and stay in that position for eight years, he decided to devote himself exclusively to private medicine as Chief of Neurosurgery at the Ruber International Hospital since 2001. He currently combines his clinical work with teaching, He is professor at the European University of Madrid, in addition to hold the post of President of the Spanish Society of Neurosurgery.

Since 2006 he joined the University Hospital of Madrid Chiron exclusive dedication in order to stay in hospital and technical forefront constant innovation.

Although he is an expert in all fields of neurosurgery, it is extremely advanced techniques in spinal surgery, in addition to the cranial base tumors, surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and epilepsy. In recent years it has developed techniques for column endoscopy and for the treatment of pituitary processes.

His team has brought together a group of experts in child neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and surgical treatment of epilepsy, while in the background his human qualities.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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