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Laser Spine Surgery

An alternative to traditional “open” spine surgery is a minimally invasive laser procedure. Here, the surgeon makes a smaller incision and uses a tool to tunnel to the site of the pain. Because the muscles aren’t pulled away, damage to the surrounding area is minimal and the recovery time is often shorter. Laser spine surgery can help relieve...


Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Endoscopic Spine Surgery is a type of state-of-the-art surgery that uses small tubular system or micro incisions, assisted with an endoscope for visualization. This type of minimally invasive spine surgery effectively treats disc herniations, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, slipped vertebrates, spinal joint arthritis, and more. Using only local anesthesia, Endoscopic Spine Surgery provides patients with quicker recovery and less pain than traditional...


Percutaneous Lumbar Discectomy (PLD)

Percutaneous lumbar discectomy (PLD) is a minimally invasive procedure during which a needle is inserted through the skin and into a bulging or herniated disc in the lumbar region, or lower back. The damaged disc material is then removed. A probe outfitted with a surgical cutting and suction device or vaporizing laser is inserted through...


Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Patients who are dealing with chronic lower back pain due to a condition affecting the lumbar (lower) spinal region may be recommended for a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF). Before undergoing a surgical procedure such as a PLIF, it is important to educate yourself as a patient about the potential risks and difficulties that can...


Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIM)

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a spinal fusion surgery used to treat certain severe spinal conditions. The purpose of an open lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) is to release the pressure placed on nerves by decompressing an impacted nerve in the spinal canal. This nerve can be impacted by several spine conditions, including herniated disc, bulging...



Patients suffering from a bulging or herniated disc may experience chronic pain due to compressed nerves within the spinal column. Often, these patients are recommended for a traditional discectomy to remove a portion of the disc causing the pain. However, an alternative to a discectomy is a microdiscectomy. Microdiscectomy is a procedure in which the...


Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

If you have been diagnosed with chronic lower back pain and conservative treatments have not proven effective, anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) may be recommended. This procedure is used as a treatment option for many spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, and spondylolisthesis. Like other forms of spinal fusion, anterior lumbar interbody fusion is designed to...



When patients are experiencing extreme pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in their neck or back as well as possible instances of bowel or bladder dysfunction, a discectomy may become a suitable treatment option for them. Though surgical procedures should be considered as a last resort for patients experiencing neck or back pain, at times surgery...



Patients who are experiencing severe pain due to compression fractures in the spine may be recommended to undergo kyphoplasty — a procedure used to treat patients who, due to compression fractures, are experiencing the collapse of bone in the spine. During the procedure, the patient is first placed face down while the surgeon inserts a...


Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion — advantages The lumbar (lower) portion of the spine is particularly susceptible to spine conditions because this area undergoes so much stress from supporting the upper body and remaining flexible enough for movement. In fact, most people by the age of 70 will have some form of lower back...

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