Plano Clinic
2301 Marsh Lane, Suite 300
Plano, TX 75093
transcutaneous lumbar disc resection spine surgery

This minimally invasive spine procedure can be done in place of a complex spinal fusion or laminectomy.

back pain spine specialist

Dr. Richard Marks has provided advanced surgical care to relieve back pain in more than 5,000 discs.

back pain

Dr. Marks has performed more Transcutaneous Lumbar Disc resections than anyone in the U.S.

What is Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is when the spinal column is narrowed, placing pressure on nerves inside the spine and therefore causing discomfort. It is a spine related issue which tends to occur in the neck area or the low back area.

If you think you have spinal stenosis, Dr. Marks and his team have the experience and expertise to properly diagnose and treat this spine related condition. We are currently accepting new patients who may have spinal stenosis, or any related spine condition.

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

As we age, we tend to undergo changes in the spine. These changes can cause the space in the spine to narrow. This narrowing of the spine is referred to as spinal stenosis. Besides aging, other causes of spinal stenosis may include:

  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Heredity

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

There is no specified threshold on the timing of when symptoms of spinal stenosis can appear. Symptoms may not show at all, may show up slowly, or may present suddenly such as due to the force from a motor vehicle accident. While the timeliness may differ, symptoms typically include one or more of the following:

  • Spine Pain
  • Numbness in Limbs
  • Muscle Weakness in Limbs
  • Increased Discomfort When Standing

Treating Spinal Stenosis

There are both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for spinal stenosis. If conservative treatments are not working, then Dr. Marks may recommend surgery. If surgery is recommended, the goal is to relieve the pressure placed on the spinal cord. Often times a laminectomy is performed to to remove the back part of the vertebra to create more room around the affected area.

In certain circumstances, in place of a laminectomy, Dr. Marks may recommend the breakthrough procedure called Transcutaneous Lumbar Disc Resection. This minimally invasive procedure is outpatient surgery, with recovery being measured in hours or days, rather than weeks or months. It routinely entails an outpatient stay of less than four hours. Dr. Marks will need to perform a thorough exam to determine if you are a candidate for Transcutaneous Lumbar Disc Resection.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr Marks is currently seeing new patients who are experiencing the results of spinal stenosis. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 972-231-7100. For your convenience, you may use our online contact form.