Depending on the condition and diagnosis, some procedures are performed in a more traditional manner. Your surgeon is the best one to determine what your particular surgical needs may require. The following are just a few of the more traditional procedures that may be performed.
Surgery that treats painful degenerative disk disease of the cervical and lumbar spine. This approach is designed to preserve the motion of the disk space while reducing or eliminating pain.
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
An operation performed on the spine through an incision in the abdomen. A portion of the affected disk space is removed and replaced with an implant and bone graft. In some patients, surgeons can use bone morphogenetic proteins as bone graft material instead of bone taken from another part of the patient’s body. This shortens operative time and eliminates pain associated with harvesting healthy bone for the graft.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
An operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pain and other symptoms in the neck, arms and legs caused by pressure on the spinal cord or other nerves. In this operation, the surgeon reaches the cervical spine through a small incision in the front of the neck. The damaged disk is removed and a bone graft or peek spacer is used to stabilize the spine. A plate and screws are applied for additional stability and to decrease the chance that the bone graft might be dislodged.
Sometimes called posterolateral spinal fusion or Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, this procedure treats a disk space that has degenerated to the point that movement causes back and/or leg pain. It is performed through an incision made in the back and entails inserting a bone graft into the affected space. Titanium or stainless steel screws and rods may be inserted into the back of the spine for added stability. If fusion is successful, motion between the vertebrae stops and pain is relieved.
A lower-back surgery that replaces a damaged disk with an implant that is held in place with screws to provide more strength and stability after bone grafts heal.
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