Spinal Stenosis

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

 (805) 449-0088

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Specializing in Spinal Stenosis Treatment

What is spinal stenosis?

The thirty-three vertebrae of the spine perfectly align to form the spinal canal. The spinal canal is one of the body’s most important musculoskeletal structures because it is responsible for protecting the spinal cord. The medical condition spinal stenosis is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal and subsequent compression of the spinal cord and/or spinal nerve roots. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

The symptoms of spinal stenosis depend on the location of the condition. Cervical (neck) stenosis may cause any of the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Weakness or numbness in the shoulder, arm, or hand

Lumbar spine/back stenosis may cause any or any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Back pain
  • Radiating pain (sciatica)
  • Lower extremity weakness, numbness, tingling

Dr. Virella is an expert in recognizing the symptoms of spinal stenosis and then accurately diagnosing the condition. He uses a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan to help reduce his patient’s symptoms and provide them with a long-lasting or permanent treatment solution.

What are spinal stenosis treatment/procedure options?

Nonsurgical treatment options may be used to treat spinal stenosis in its early stages. A spinal stenosis doctor/surgeon usually prescribes a combination of the following treatment options:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Injections

Spinal stenosis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment measures or has reached severe stages usually requires spinal stenosis surgery. Dr. Virella specializes in and commonly performs minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery. The two most common procedures Dr. Virella performs are the following:

  1. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Laminectomy. Dr. Virella carefully removes pieces of bone or soft tissue that narrow the spinal canal and compress the spinal cord.
  2. Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion. Dr. Virella removes bone and soft tissue and then fuses adjacent vertebrae using bone graft.

Patients who have their minimally invasive procedure performed by Dr. Virella can look forward to having a smaller scar, less post-surgical pain, and a decreased recovery time. Hundreds of patients have experienced symptom relief and an improved quality of life following their surgery with Dr. Virella.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

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People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S