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Disk Replacement

Know about Disk Replacement

Our Neurosciences service treats patients with a variety of ailments such as trauma, spinal stenosis, disc replacements, spinal cord injury, degenerative disc disease and tumors. We are inspired and committed to cutting-edge patient care and the treatment of patients with spinal and neurological illnesses to the satisfaction.

The following are some of the most common surgeries performed on the spine. Your particular surgery will be determined by the spinal surgeon depending on your situation.

Anterior Cervical Fusion

This surgery is performed when a piece of the disc or bone spurs press on the spinal nerves. The surgery is performed from the front side of the neck. The disc and/or bone spurs are removed and the disc space is replaced with a bone dowel filled with bone graft.

A small plate and screws are placed in the bone to stabilize the spine while the bones heal together.

Posterior Cervical Fusion

This surgery is performed from the posterior or back side of the neck. It is often performed in conjunction with the anterior fusion when many levels are being fused. The surgery involves placing the bone graft along with small screws and rods to stabilize the spine.

Lumbar Discectomy

This surgery is performed when part of the disc bulges and presses on the spinal nerves. The surgery is performed from the back side of the spine. A small piece of the back covering of the spinal canal is removed so the fragment of the disc can be removed.

Lumbar Laminectomy

Lumbar Laminectomy is done when the spinal canal becomes narrowed. It is performed from the back of the spine. Bone spurs are removed from the facet joints on the left and right side of the spine. This makes more room for the nerves.

Lumbar Fusion Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Lumbar Fusion Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is performed from the front side of the spine. A small incision is made on the left side of the abdomen. The disc space is removed and a bone graft and/or spacer cage is placed. The bone graft comes from the hip or bone bank. If needed, a separate incision on the back may be made for the screws and rods.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) is performed from the back of the spine. A partial or complete laminectomy is done. The disc is removed and a spacer cage and/or bone graft is placed.

Transforamural Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Transforamural Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is performed from the back of the spine. This procedure approaches the spine in a similar manner as the PLIF approach, but more from the side of the spinal canal to stabilize the spine vertebra and the disc between the vertebra.

The Minimally Invasive Approach With the minimally invasive approach, the incisions made by the surgeon are small. There is no need for muscle stripping and blood loss is minimized. Special surgical tools including a microscope allow the surgeon to achieve the same goals and objectives as with the open procedure. Patients can expect decreased post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays and can recover more quickly. Possible Complications of Surgery.

What Do You Do To Treat Ruptured or Herniated Discs?

Our surgeons operate to remove the damaged disc and leave more room for the nerves. We take out all the soft disc material that has slipped out of the covering, and about 60 percent of the disc that has not yet slipped out, ruptured or herniated from its cover.

 

Do You Replace a Damaged Disc With an Artificial Disc?

Yes we can. If you have a damaged cervical or lumbar disc, we evaluate the need for disectomy, fusion, or replacement. We offer minimally invasive disectomies for lumbar herniated discs, as well as minimally invasive fusions in select patients. In some cases, the artificial disc may be best.

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