Procedures We Perform
Discectomy: Surgery to remove all or part of a disc between two vertebrae. Discs may bulge or rupture (herniate), which may put pressure on nearby nerve roots. Patients with herniated discs who do not benefit from nonsurgical approaches may have the affected disc surgically removed and replaced with a synthetic disc. Some patients may have microdiscectomy, a minimally invasive form of discectomy which uses a microscope to guide a surgical procedure to remove a small bit of bone and a herniated disc through a small incision.
Foraminotomy: Surgery to widen the opening in the back where nerve roots leave the spinal canal. This surgery may help relieve pain and numbness caused by stenosis and is sometimes done with spinal fusion.
Fusion: Surgery to permanently join two vertebrae so there is no longer movement between them. Spinal fusion is a common procedure and may be used to treat patients with spinal stenosis, herniated discs, fractures, weakness or instability of the spine due to infections or tumors, spondylolisthesis, or abnormal curvature of the spine (such as kyphosis and scoliosis).
Kyphoplasty: An outpatient procedure used to treat painful compression fractures in the spine. A balloon is placed into the bone through a needle and is inflated, restoring the height of the vertebrae. Cement is then injected into the widened space to make sure it does not collapse again. The procedure can reduce pain and improve mobility.
Laminectomy: Surgery to remove the lamina (part of the bone that makes up a vertebra) or bone spurs in the back, to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal canal. Laminectomy is a treatment for some people with spinal stenosis and is sometimes done with spinal fusion.