Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Traditional spinal surgeries usually require large incisions and stripping away the muscles of the spinal column just to get to a herniated disc. Now, new technology allows these complex procedures to be performed with the help of a microscope to magnify and illuminate the damaged area. Instead of stripping away the muscle, your surgeon can use a microscope to view the area through a much smaller incision and create a tunnel to the disc. This is done by splitting the muscle to pass the instrument through.
Minimally invasive procedures result in less visible scars and shorter recovery times. A discectomy, or removal of the disc, can often be performed this way. Your doctor will decide if a minimally invasive procedure is right for you.
» Contact us for more information on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
A lumbar microdiscectomy is performed to relieve pressure on nerve roots caused by a severe herniated disc in the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is the lower area consisting of the bottom five vertebrae. A herniated disc may cause lower back pain and pain or numbness in the legs and feet. Surgery may be needed if symptoms include severe leg pain, weakness or numbness in the extremities and impaired bowel or bladder function.
A lumbar microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. A microscope is used to view the area through a small incision in the lower back to view the pinched nerve. Surgical instruments are then inserted through the incision to remove only the portion of the disc that is applying pressure on it, as well as any disc fragments that may have broken off.
» Contact us for more information on Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Lumbar Spinal Fusion (or Thoracic)
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to link together vertebrae, often because of a severely damaged disc. Discs can be damaged from rupturing, slipping, natural degeneration or injury. The damaged disc can cause severe leg and back pain and may require surgery if the pain is not relieved by conservative treatment.
During spinal fusion surgery, bone growth is stimulated and then used to link the vertebrae together to stop the painful movement in the area. The procedure can be performed through the front or back of the spine depending on the location of the damaged disc. Titanium metal screws or a titanium metal cage can be used to fuse the bone together.
» Contact us for more information on Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery removes an intervertebral disc and/or bone spurs that are putting pressure on nerve roots. This condition is a result of a herniated or degenerated disc and is known as nerve root compression. Nerve root compression can lead to pain in the neck and arms, lack or coordination, and numbness or weakness in the arms.
The removed disc may be replaced with a small bone graft which will allow the vertebrae to fuse together over time. A metal plate may be inserted to stabilize the spine while it heals. As the name describes, this procedures is done through the front, or anterior, of the body. An incision is made in the front of the neck, to one side and the disc is removed. Removing the herniated disc relieves the pressure placed on the nerve root and therefore relieves the symptoms as well.
» Contact us for more information on Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
» Click here for additional spine procedures
back to top