Our orthopedic surgeon offers various surgical options
A single spinal disc may be the cause of your extreme discomfort. If this is the case, an artificial disc replacement procedure is your answer. An artificial disc is designed specifically to mimic the exact disc that it replaces to ensure the best and most natural feeling results.
Laminotomy and Laminectomy
Laminotomies and Laminectomies are spinal decompression procedures that help alleviate pressure on the spinal nerve and/or the spinal cord itself.
A Laminotomy is the partial removal of the Lamina, a thin bony layer that protects the spinal cord. This helps create space to relieve pressure on the spinal cord while keeping the spine safe.
A Laminectomy involves the complete removal of the Lamina for cases of severe pressure or in order to achieve access to a disc in the case of surgery.
If you are experiencing any of these ailments, you may be a good fit for one of these spinal decompression procedures:
- Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Herniated disc
Cervical & Lumbar Fusion
The fusion of the cervical or lumbar spine can be conducted for various reasons and through various means. The purpose of a spinal fusion is to stabilize the spine through the fusion of adjunct discs, vertebrae or materials that have been newly introduced to the spine (bone, artificial discs, metal plates or metal implants).
The most common reasons why patients elect to pursue spinal fusion procedures are to stabilize the neck and spine, help treat certain conditions and misalignments or to help reestablish the structure of the spine after certain spinal surgeries.
A discectomy is performed to remove a herniated disc in the lumbar (low back) section of the spine. The herniated disc is removed to alleviate the pressure it is placing on the spinal cord or a nerve root.
A microdiscectomy is the most common form of discectomies because it is very precise. Microdiscectomies utilize microscopes in order for the orthopedic surgeon to have a better view of the operating area. This allows the surgeon to make exact and minimally invasive incisions to lower the risk of the procedure. The practitioner may also want to perform a laminotomy or laminectomy to better view and operate on the nerve or spinal cord.