Back, Neck and Spine Procedures
When surgical spine treatment is required, our team of orthopedic doctors and neurosurgeons stand ready to perform the following procedures:
Disc replacement, whether in the neck (cervical) or lower back (lumbar), involves removing the soft pad between the vertebral bodies and replacing it with an artificial disc with the same ability to preserve motion and absorb shock.
Spinal decompression surgery is intended to relieve symptoms caused by pressure, or compression, on the spinal cord or nerves. Decompression surgery to remove disc herniation is a discectomy. Decompression surgery to open a narrowed spinal canal that is placing pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots is a laminectomy.
Rather than replace a disc, this surgery is intended to repair it. Surgical treatment for disc herniation in either the neck or back relieves compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerve by removing the portion of the disc that is herniated or bulging.
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure performed to “fuse” or permanently affix two or more vertebrae. A bone graft material and surgical hardware such as plates, rods, or screws allow healing of the area as one stable, solid unit.
In spinal deformity patients, the spine is curved or misshapen. Spinal reconstruction attaches hardware to the vertebral bodies. The curve is then straightened by attaching a rod. Sometimes an interbody fusion (fusion between the vertebrae in the disc space) is also performed to keep the spine in its newly realigned position.