Other Surgical Procedures
Dynamic Stabilization is a surgical technique that is designed to allow for some movement of the spine. However, enough stability is maintained to prevent too much movement. This procedure is generally regarded as an alternative to the lumbar fusion surgery.
Dynamic stabilization of the lumbar spine involves two different types of procedures;
Interspinous Process Spacers
The spinous processes are located in the very back of the spinal column near the skin surface. They are palpable on your own body. You can feel them by taking your hand to the centre of your back. Throughout its course you can feel sharp prominences in the midline that are the spinous processes.
Spine Deformity Reconstruction
Spine reconstruction techniques have evolved over the years. They currently involve the use of cutting-edge technology, such as;
- Artificial disc replacement for movement preservation
- Minimally invasive techniques to provide relief for fractures or disc disease
- Robot assisted surgical procedures and other more traditional procedures!
Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery
A lumbar laminectomy is sometimes also called open decompression surgery. It is typically performed to alleviate pain caused by neural impingement that can result from lumbar spinal stenosis.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition which primarily affects elderly patients. It is caused by degenerative changes that result in enlargement of the facet joints. The enlarged joints then place pressure on the nerves. This pressure may be effectively relieved with the lumbar laminectomy surgery. We, at Spine Physicians Institute have seen this condition in many of our patients and treated them accordingly.
Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery
A lumbar microdiscectomy is sometimes also called micro-decompression spine surgery. In this surgery, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed. This is done to relieve neural impingement and provide more room for the nerve to heal.
A microdiscectomy is typically performed for a herniated lumbar disc. It is actually more effective for treating leg pain (also known as radiculopathy) than lower back pain.