Several treatment options have been introduced to deal with some of the most common spine conditions. They vary based on the condition you have and the treatment method you choose. The medical field has evolved to give patients a lot of choices. Below are some of the treatments and surgeries for common spine conditions.
One of the most widely used types of spinal surgeries is lumbar spinal fusion. This procedure involves surgically fusing two or more vertebrae together. This treatment is typically performed on patients who suffer from lumbar fractures, degenerative disc disease (DDS), or spinal instability. This surgery often includes additional procedures to help relieve pressure on nerves and other areas of the spine.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure in which your doctor removes a damaged or herniated disc. After the disc is extracted, your doctor inserts a bone graft into the space which was once occupied by the removed disc. Over time, the bone graft matures, leaving you with a fused section of bone instead of two vertebrae. This gives extra stability to your neck and successfully eliminates pain.
A recent innovation in disc replacement, the M6-C™, has received FDA approval and now offers a more natural approach to artificial disc replacement. This advancement in medical technology is quickly giving patients a needed alternative to spinal fusion surgeries. Not only is the preservation of motion accomplished, but replication of the spine’s natural movement is possible.
When an individual suffers inflammation and swelling in a localized muscle region or around a joint, a trigger point injection may be an option their doctor recommends to alleviate the discomfort. Chronic muscular orders like fibromyalgia or chronic headaches are prime candidates for this type of treatment, which aims to reduce symptomatic pain.
A recent recommendation for lumbar fusion spine surgery may have you wondering how long you will be in the hospital, if your recovery will take a long time, and how much scar care you will need. The good news is that your doctor may recommend a surgical method known as minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) that can minimize all three of those experiences, depending on your condition.
An ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to diagnose and/or treat minor ankle issues. During the procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in the ankle (called a portal), through which tiny instruments are used to explore, clean out, and adjust the ankle. This procedure is used to treat a variety of ankle problems, including synovitis, loose bodies, ankle instability, ankle sprains and fractures, and more.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy (ACD) is a procedure in which your surgeon excises a degenerated or ruptured disc. During the procedure, your doctor will replace the disc with an artificial model and use surgical hardware (such as rods, screws, and plates) to hold the new structure in position. Unlike ACDF, fusion of adjacent vertebrae is not necessary to reinforce the area. Ultimately, this affords the patient with more mobility in his or her neck.
Cervical disc replacement is a minimally invasive spinal surgery that is done to replace damaged discs while maintaining the natural mobility and function of the spine. This procedure removes the problematic disc in the spinal column and replaces it with an artificial disc device that imitates the function of the disc. The fact that it’s designed for people who specifically suffer from disc problems makes it a very effective method of spinal condition treatment.
Axial fusion is a spine disease treatment used to correct lumbar disc problems. This method aims to repair the discs that lie between the first sacral vertebra and the last lumbar vertebra. A small incision is made next to the tailbone to access the required area. The damaged discs are then removed and replaced with bone graft material. This method is useful, as the recovery time is very quick and it successfully eliminates pain, tingling and numbness.
A Bursectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which your orthopedic doctor removes an inflamed, infected, or irritated bursa, a liquid-filled sac that supplies our joints with the synovial fluid that enables our bones to glide past one another. During the procedure, your surgeon will use an arthroscope to visualize the tissues of the target joint and small instruments to remove the bursa. This approach allows for less scarring and quicker recovery times than more invasive methods.
Coccygectomy is an important procedure for treating any conditions arising from the coccyx. The treatment is very simple and involves the removal of the coccyx. You will be able to save yourself from an enormous amount of pain, as you do not really need this body part. Coccygectomy is a very efficient method of putting an end to chronic pain around that area. Pain that is felt when walking, sitting or emptying the bowels will be eliminated for good.
This is a minimally invasive spinal surgery used to remove damaged discs that are causing back or neck pain. It’s a very useful method if you are looking for a safe and efficient approach. A laser beam is used to create a small opening, which is then utilized to remove small parts of any bulging tissues. This will provide the patient with comfort and relief, as the cause of chronic pain will be eradicated instantly.
This is a minimally invasive spinal repair surgery used to enlarge nerve root openings by eradicating the effects of foraminal narrowing. With this method, the small openings in each vertebra are widened to prevent them from being blocked. No impingement will be caused to nerves and blood flow any longer. Both pain and numbness will be eradicated and your range of motion will return to normal, allowing you to engage in your daily activities with no problems at all.
An elbow arthroscopy is a form of minimally invasive elbow surgery that is used to correct a variety of elbow problems, from tennis elbow to osteochondritis dissecans. During an elbow arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon uses an arthroscope and tiny instruments to remove bone fragments (a process called debridement), to repair articular cartilage or tendons, or to relieve pressure on pinched nerves.
An extremity tendon repair is a series of procedures that aim to mend bands of fibrous connective tissue known as tendons. Tendons attach the muscles in your body to bones, thus enabling movement. An extremity tendon repair, therefore, endeavors to restore function to your limbs—whether the damage in question is to your patellar, Achilles, biceps, quadriceps, or rotator cuff tendons. As you have probably guessed, this means that each procedure is tailored to fit the injury in question.
This method is a go-to option when other conservative methods are not suitable. Fusion of the vertebrae in the affected area will take place to halt all movements in the joints and eliminate pain altogether.
This spinal damage treatment incorporates the use of minimally invasive techniques to place interlaminar spacers midline between two adjacent laminae. It is the best type of therapy for patients who suffer from foraminal spinal stenosis. You will be able to get instant relief from back, arm and leg pain, along with the infamous sensation that is usually described as “pins and needles.”
A hip arthroscopy is a form of minimally invasive hip surgery, in which your surgeon uses an arthroscope (or flexible camera) to diagnose and repair various problems related to hip dysfunction. Most commonly, a hip arthroscopy is used to address the following hip problems: femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, torn labral cartilage in the hip, development dysplasia of the hip, trochanteric bursitis, and snapping hip syndrome.
A Knee Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to both diagnose and resolve knee pain. During the procedure, your doctor will use a flexible camera (known as an arthroscope) to visualize the tissues of your knee. From there, any pertinent corrections can be made. This treatment may be appropriate for you if you have a torn ACL, PCL, or meniscus; a misaligned or fractured kneecap; or a Baker’s Cyst. For more candidacy information, please contact our orthopedic specialists at NJSO today!
Laminoforaminotomy is one of the newest surgical techniques for the treatment of spinal stenosis. In this surgery, a minuscule hole the size of a nickel or dime is created in the affected area. A long narrow tube is then used to perform laminectomy and amniotomy. The incisions made are very small and the aim is to go around the muscles and tissues instead of cutting through them. This results in less pain and less blood loss which makes this method very useful. It will treat pain, cramping and numbness around those areas.
Laser spine surgery is a type of surgical procedure that uses light beams to incise small portions of the skin with great accuracy, causing you less trauma and pain, since no significant cuts are made. This method is mostly used to deal with herniated and bulging discs and is useful in treating pain and numbness.
Microdiscectomy is also a minimally invasive spinal surgery that focuses on removing compression and pressure from the nerves. This is done by making a small incision in the skin near the affected area. Once the necessary incisions are made, a small camera is used to view the affected parts, which helps the surgeon access and remove the damaged material. It will treat pain and numbness around the affected area.
Orthopedic surgeries are used to treat both spinal tissue injury and bone deformity. The spinal condition treatment eliminates pain and restores complete freedom of movement thanks to the advanced technologies utilized by surgeons. It is effective in treating chronic pain in several areas.
A Percutaneous Discectomy (PD) is used to treat severe cases of a ruptured or herniated disc, in which herniated disc material is causing compression to the surrounding spinal nerves. During a PD, your surgeon will use a needle to deliver heat waves into the damaged disc. These heat waves serve to destroy any disruptive tissue that may be causing nerve impingement and pinched nerve pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy uses healing components found within your blood to promote accelerated recovery from a variety of orthopedic conditions. Completed in less than an hour’s time and with the use of needles only, PRP can be used to treat the following conditions: Bulging or Herniated Discs; Rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis; Facet Joint Syndrome; Rotator Cuff Tendinitis; Tennis Elbow; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome—plus many more conditions!
Radiofrequency ablation uses pulses of heat to “stun” damaged nerves so that they are no longer able to transmit signals of pain to the brain. Although this is the primary use of radiofrequency ablation, it can also be used to destroy cancerous tumors that attack the spine. A minimally invasive procedure, this outpatient operation promotes a quicker recovery than more traditional surgical procedures.
This method is used to treat the notorious sacroiliac pain, which causes stiffness and affects an individual’s ability to run and climb. Invasive fusion technology is used to minimize pain as a sacroiliac implant is positioned in the right place.
A shoulder arthroscopy is a class of minimally invasive procedures that uses tiny instruments and an arthroscope to diagnose or repair a variety of shoulder problems. An arthroscope allows your surgeon to visualize the structures of the shoulder in real time. Doctors use shoulder arthroscopies to treat a wide range of shoulder conditions, from torn ligaments and ripped tendons to shoulder bursitis or osteoarthritis.
Spinal Cord Stimulation involves using a small, implanted device to disrupt signals that would otherwise convey the sensation of pain from the body to the brain. The pulse generator emits either high- or low-frequency bursts of electrical current to the target site. Doing so interferes with competing signals from neurotransmitters that detect and transmit information about pain from the peripheral nervous system or spine to the brain.
This method uses a special needle to remove healthy cells directly from the bone marrow. The stem cells are then separated from fat tissue samples as the harvested cells are returned to the part of your body that requires treatment. This method is very effective in dealing with bulging discs, herniated discs and numbness in general.
TLIF stands for Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. TLIF is a form of spine fusion surgery which involves fusing the lumbar disc space through an incision from the back. The procedure involves the removal of a damaged disc, either partially or entirely, from between the two vertebrae in the spine. Once the disc has been removed, the vertebrae are fused together. The treatment is done through minimally invasive spinal repair approaches.
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