Spine Surgery Treatment Options

When indicated or when conservative treatments no longer resolve a patient’s back or neck condition, spine surgery may be recommended to effectively treat the problem.

Current surgical procedures offered include:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy: Surgery of the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots, or on the spinal cord. The procedure is performed on the anterior (front) cervical (neck) area, and a portion of the disc (discectomy) is removed.

  • InFUSETM Bone Graft/LT CageTM: Surgery that involves fusing or "welding" of the affected bones, or vertabrae, together through the use of a revolutionary biological protein, known as BMP, that stimulates bone growth. This technique eliminates the bone-harvesting procedure typically performed for spinal fusion surgery.

  • Kyphoplasty: A minimally invasive treatment option that involves placing needles through the skin and injecting bone cement into the fractured or affected vertebrae. The procedure often results in immediate relief of pain caused by compression fractures and some types of spinal tumors.

  • Posterior Lumbar Decompression/Laminectomy (view animated procedure): Surgery performed on the lower back to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. The procedure involves removal of one or more overlapping bony arches (laminae).

  • Posterior Lumbar Discectomy: Surgery of the lower spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots. The procedure is performed on the posterior (back) of the lumbar (lower back) area, and a portion of the disc is removed (discectomy).

  • Spinal Fusion (Anterior and Posterior): A "welding" process by which two or more of the small bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column are fused together into a single solid bone. During surgery, InFuseTM Bone Graft or bone grafts harvested from the patient are used to fuse the bones.

  • Thoracoscopic Spinal Surgery: Instead of operating on the front of the spine through a large incision in the chest, surgery is performed through three or four half-inch incisions. Instruments, including a small scope equipped with a camera, are inserted through the small incisions, and the surgeon can see and operate inside the chest.




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