Can a damaged disc be replaced?

Yes. Our surgeons are very experienced in cervical disc replacement. The damaged disc is removed and an artificial disc is inserted. Compared to the traditional operative treatment using spinal fusion, an artificial disc replacement can offer better flexibility and movement.

What is transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion?

TLIF is a spine surgery where the lumbar disc is approached from the posterior to remove damaged disc material. “Interbody” means a bone graft is inserted between two vertebrae to fuse the area and provide stabilization of the spine.

Who is a candidate for coccyx surgery?

Any patient who has already exhausted more conservative methods of treatment but continues to suffer with crippling or chronic tailbone pain could be considered a candidate for a coccygectomy. Our spine and orthopedic surgeons are very familiar with providing permanent relief from severe tailbone pain.

What is an S.I. Fix Implant?

On average, patients who have had minimally invasive spine surgery are discharged in half the time of traditional surgery and the pain usually follows this rule. Each procedure will have a different rate of recovery.

When can I go back to work after minimally invasive back surgery?

The decision to return to work should be individualized to the patient, as well as the patient’s occupation. For patients with sedentary jobs, such as office work, a minimally invasive discectomy would allow that patient to begin part-time work within 1-2 weeks. For a larger surgery such as a fusion, this may take 4-6 weeks. Again, return to work is much faster using minimally invasive surgery vs. standard open surgery but this decision is individualized to special needs of each patient.

Do I have to wear a brace?

Although most patients are provided a brace, this is for comfort only. The use of minimally invasive techniques that preserve muscle function, along with specialized implants that act as an internal brace, allows one to avoid having to wear a brace. Most patients find that the brace improves their pain for about 1-2 weeks, and thereafter it is only worn occasionally.

Will I need physical therapy after I get minimally invasive spine surgery?

Physical therapy is an important component of a rapid recovery. This is individualized to the patient, but in most cases, physical therapy started 2-6 weeks after surgery, depending on the surgery performed and the patient’s overall condition.

Will I need pain medication after surgery?

Tylenol and anti-inflammatory medications are common after surgery, with some patients requesting prescription medication to ease pain, particularly 48-72 hours after surgery.

Additionally, using ice or heat applications can help to ease soreness or discomfort.

Our Patient Promise

Smaller Incisions

Effective pain relief; less scarring— a postage stamp-sized incision (less than an inch in length) is often all that it takes to eliminate your pain.

Shorter Recovery Times

Our minimally invasive and outpatient procedures will have you back in the comfort of your home on the very same day.

Finer Precision

Our surgeons use advanced video-assisted technology to optimize the effectiveness of your procedure while minimizing post-operative pain.

Longer Lasting Results

Our board certified surgeons are skilled in the latest minimally invasive techniques to deliver lasting solutions to your neck & back pain.

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