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Surgical Options

1802, 2018

Surgical Options – DO I NEED SURGERY FOR MY HERNIATED DISC?

February 18th, 2018|Surgical Options|

If you have a lumbar herniated disc in your spine (sometimes called a "slipped" or "ruptured" disc), you've probably gotten several opinions from spine doctors regarding surgical options for your condition. Surgery may help to alleviate your pain and increase your mobility, but it's important to know all the information about the pros and cons of surgical treatment before deciding to go this route.

2111, 2017

Surgical Options – GETTING A SURGICAL SECOND OPINION

November 21st, 2017|Surgical Options|

When a surgeon recommends an operation, it is generally a good idea to get a second opinion. Not all surgeons are alike. Different surgeons look at spine problems differently and there are multiple ways to get a good result. It helps a patient to get another perspective on the problem, including recommended options and possible outcomes.

103, 2015

Surgical Options – LASER SPINE SURGERY

March 1st, 2015|Surgical Options|

It’s not unusual for the subject of laser surgery to come up when I am discussing treatment options with patients. The curiosity about laser spine surgery makes sense given the benefits touted by laser spine surgery providers. Laser spine procedures are often promoted as a less-invasive alternative to traditional back surgeries promising high success rates, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery periods.

1502, 2015

Surgical Options – SPINE SURGERY IS EVOLVING

February 15th, 2015|Surgical Options|

Spine surgery is a continually evolving specialty.  Some recent changes have been positive, while others can be viewed negatively. For example, an important positive change is the trend toward less invasive surgery, which results in faster recovery times, allowing patients to return to daily activities more quickly.

1002, 2015

Surgical Options – ARTIFICIAL CERVICAL DISC REPLACEMENT

February 10th, 2015|Surgical Options|

Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement is an option for patients with symptomatic cervical disc disease. The historical choice has been to perform a discectomy (disc removal) and fuse the spine with bone and/or a plate. The concern is that fusion may place added stress at the level above and below the fusion and eventually lead to additional surgery in the future.

1002, 2015

Surgical Options – WHAT IS MINIMALLY INVASIVE CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY?

February 10th, 2015|Surgical Options|

Minimally invasive surgery is a popular trend. When we talk about minimally invasive cervical spine surgery, it describes an operation on the cervical spine (neck) that leaves minimal residuals from surgery. The advantage is that if a patient has arm pain and numbness from a degenerative process like arthritis, or a herniated disc, we can address it with less invasive techniques.

1002, 2015

Surgical Options – X-STOP OR LAMINECTOMY FOR SPINAL STENOSIS?

February 10th, 2015|Surgical Options|

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the space for the nerves and/or the spinal cord. It can occur developmentally and as part of the aging process of the spine. When it occurs in the lower (lumbar) part of the spine, the symptoms of spinal stenosis can include pain radiating to the legs (sciatica), a heavy feeling in the legs when walking, numbness, and tingling sensations.