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Spine

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Laminotomy

Overview Laminotomy surgery creates more space around your spinal nerves.  This procedure eliminates nerve compression and the pain, weakness, and numbness that it caused.   Preparation You will lie face-down on the surgical table and be put to sleep by general anesthesia.  The surgeon makes…

Laminectomy

Overview A laminectomy procedure relieves pressure on the nerve roots in the spine, usually caused by stenosis.  The surgery removes the “back” of the spinal canal at the affected vertebra, providing more room for the nerves to flow without compression.   Removing the Spinous Process The sur…

Herniated Disc – Protrusion or Extrusion

Overview The spinal bones (vertebrae) are separated by discs which cushion your bones, absorb shock, and allow your spine to twist and bend.  If a disc is damaged, its contents can push into or through the disc wall and deform its shape.  This is called a disc herniation, which can also be classi…

Fusion – Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Overview Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) surgery treats back or leg pain caused by compressed nerves.  The surgeon uses bone graft material and hardware to fix two or more vertebrae together.  Most TLIF surgeries have shorter recovery times, since the damaged disc is accessed throug…

Fusion – Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

Overview Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion uses implants and bone graft material to fuse two of your vertebrae. This surgery stabilizes your spine and relieves pain caused by a compressed spinal nerve.   Preparation In preparation for the procedure, you are positioned face-down and anestheti…

Fusion – Occipito-Cervical Fixation (OC)

Overview This surgery uses rods and implants to stabilize your head and neck by fusing the base of your skull to your cervical spine.   Preparation To begin, you are positioned face-down and are anesthetized. Some of your scalp may be shaved to expose the surgery site.  The surgeon immobiliz…

Fusion – Lumbar Corpectomy

Overview A Lumbar Corpectomy Fusion surgery relieves pain caused when a lumbar vertebrae compresses spinal nerve roots.  It also corrects spinal column deformities.   Incision and Removal During this procedure, the patient lies on his right side and the surgery is done through the patient’s …

Fusion – Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Overview Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by a herniated or degenerated disc. The surgeon stabilizes the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material.   Incision Made The procedure is performed through a three- to five-…

Fusion – Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Overview This surgery relieves painful pressure on spinal nerves by removing  a herniated or degenerative vertebral disc in your neck and replacing it with a bone graft.   Preparation To prepare for the procedure, you are anesthetized and positioned  lying on your back.  The surgeon makes an…

Fusion – Anterior Cervical Corpectomy

Overview This surgery relieves pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves.  Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion removes  discs and bone from your cervical spine, then fuses the adjacent vertebrae together.   Incision Created To prepare for the procedure, you lie on your back and are a…
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