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Lumbar Radiculopathy

Lumbar radiculopathy is a disease that involves the spinal nerve roots. Sensory and motor nerves connect to the spinal cord between the vertebrae. Damage to these nerve roots can cause a variety of symptoms--pain, weakness, numbness--depending on the location of attachment in the spinal column.

Lumbar radiculopathy is more commonly known as sciatica. It is not to be confused with myelopathy--pathological changes to the spinal cord--or radiculitis--irritation of the nerve root. It's important to have an accurate diagnosis before beginning any type of intervention. The diagnostic process may include electrodiagnostic studies to rule out or confirm other types of disease processes.

Diagnosing Lumbar Radiculopathy
An MRI is most often used to confirm the diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy. If you have had an MRI taken within the past year, the physicians at The Bonati Institute will review your MRI. There is no obligation when you have your MRI films reviewed by The Bonati Institute, and you'll receive a written report outlining the specific findings of the Bonati team of experts.

The physicians and surgeons at The Bonati Institute are highly skilled and trained in advanced outpatient spine surgery. The Bonati Procedures to treat lumbar radiculopathy are performed on an outpatient basis using patented instruments specifically designed to treat conditions of the lumbar spine. Since The Bonati Procedures employ the smallest incisions possible, the recovery time is much shorter than that of open surgery.

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