Spine Surgery

 

Types of Spine Surgery

Dealing with spinal issues can be a very delicate process. Our physicians offer surgical options geared toward minimally invasive and microscopic spine surgery to allow for quicker recovery. If you are in need of assistance with fractures, herniated disks, general back pain as well as other spinal injuries, we can help you!

Cervical Discectomy (minimally invasive) – A Cervical Discectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of herniated disc material pressing on the spinal cord to alleviate pain to the cervical area of the spine.

Lumbar Discectomy (minimally invasive) – A Lumbar Discectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of the herniated disc material pressing on the spinal cord to alleviate pain in the herniated area in the lumbar spine.

Nerve Decompression – Nerve Decompression is a surgical procedure to alleviate pain and other symptoms caused by the compression of the spine. This can include the removal of small portions of bone in the compressed area to give the nerves more space and free the impingement.

Cervical Fusion – Cervical Fusion is a surgical procedure that joins selected bones in the cervical spine together. This procedure is normally done to stabilize the neck and prevent motion at a specific cervical segment in the spine and prevent damage to the spinal cord.

Lumbar Fusion – Lumbar Fusion is a surgical procedure that joins selected bones in the lumbar spine together. The fusion surgery is used to stop the motion at a specific lumbar segment of the spine that is causing discomfort or severe pain issues.

Disc Replacement Surgery – Disc Replacement Surgery involves replacing a painful or degenerative disc with an artificial disc. The function of the artificial disc is to mimic a real disc relieving pain and increasing range of motion.

Spinal Surgery – When you should consider itBack Pain - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Orthopaedic Surgeons

Spinal surgery is not for everyone. Back pain is extremely common and many times, alternative methods can help alleviate these problems before considering surgery. Alternative methods, such as injections, therapy, and medications can help with many issues that back problems will respond to. It is always best to first see your doctor or specialist to find this out

Common reasons why you may want to consider surgery

-Disk problems (i.e. herniated discs)

-A spinal injury

-Spinal degeneration (i.e. osteoporosis)

-Bone overgrowth (i.e. bone spurs)

– Spinal Alignment conditions – scoliosis, kyphosis, flat-back syndrome, etc.

Spine Surgery Alternatives

Epidural Injections – This is a non-surgical procedure where an anti-inflammatory anesthetic is injected into the spine at the site where the pain is occurring.

Spinal Decompression Therapy – Spinal decompression therapy is a nonsurgical decompression of the spine which can consist of physical exercise, stretching, and traction devices. This is often used for patients who don’t want to do surgery and have had chronic back or neck problems.

Medication – Anti-inflammatory medicine can be very helpful especially paired with spinal decompression therapy to help patients who suffer from long-term spinal pain.

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