Orthopedic spine surgery treats medical conditions of the spine (part of the musculoskeletal system) where nonsurgical, conservative treatment methods to alleviate pain or eliminate the spine condition have failed. When orthopedic surgery is required, surgeons at NJ Spine & Orthopedic select the least-invasive surgical procedure possible given the situation that will successfully treat the patient’s medical condition. The NJSO team offers a 98% surgical success rate.
WHAT IS ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY?
If a minimally invasive solution is not sufficient, our surgeons are trained in the latest surgical innovations and methods to perform the required type of orthopedic surgery using state-of-the-art technology. Our surgeon’s goal is to eliminate pain and restore complete freedom of movement and health to spinal bones, discs, nerve roots and other surrounding tissues.
The expert spine surgeons and medical professionals at NJ Spine and Orthopedics perform a broad range of spine procedures, personalized and customized to each patient’s unique needs.
Which spinal conditions may require orthopedic surgery?
Orthopedic surgery is used to treat spinal tissue injury and bone deformity, degenerative disease, congenital disorders, trauma, sports injury, infection and tumors, including:
- Bone spurs– Excess bony growths, also known as osteophytes, that may crowd and irritate nerves, causing pain.
- Bulging spinal discs, slipped discs,herniated or ruptured discs – Soft, shock-absorbing discs between the vertebrae that have moved out of position, leaked, become flattened or encroached into adjacent space.
- Lower back or lumbar pain
- Back pain –Mid to upper back (thoracic), neck (cervical) and arm/hand pain.
- Nerve pain –Pain and/or pins-and-needles sensation in the lower back, hips and legs.
- Pinched spinal nerve– When surrounding tissues or structures compress a nerve along the spine, generally above the sciatic nerve root.
- Radiculitis– Pinched nerve, nerve irritation or inflammation.
- Radiculopathy– Spinal nerve root injury that has been neglected/untreated.
- Sacroiliac pain– The sacroiliac (SI) joint is where the sacrum and the ilium are joined the spine’s base. The sacrum consists of 5 fused vertebrae. The iliac bones (2 large bones) make up the pelvis, with the sacrum seated in the middle.
- Sciatica– Irritation and compression of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the buttocks, down the legs and to the feet.
- Spondylolisthesis– When a vertebra has slipped backward or forward.
- Spinal stenosis– When the spinal canal is narrowed, causing nerve crowding, pressure, pain and other symptoms.
- And more…
Have an MRI ready to go?
If you are experiencing problems in your cervical, thoracic or lumbar spinal areas that are not responding to conventional treatments, you should consider consulting the NJSO team of world-renowned spine experts.
To evaluate orthopedic surgery as an option or to discuss other spinal treatment options, schedule a FREE MRI EVALUATION with one of our experienced spine surgeons today. We will personally walk you through your next steps over the phone to get started on a treatment plan.
Learn more about orthopedic surgery at NJSO
If you or someone you love is suffering from the symptoms caused by conditions that may require orthopedic surgery, try our free Treatment Check tool below to begin seeking the best solution to your pain.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY?
If conservative methods like physical therapy, steroid injections or pain medications have failed to alleviate pain, and minimally invasive methods are not applicable to your situation, you may qualify for orthopedic surgery.
Orthopedic surgical solutions to complex spine conditions
Surgical procedures used in orthopedic treatments to relief pain, numbness, weakness and tingling can include:
- Axial fusion– A minimally invasive technique to replace a worn disc.
- Cervical disc replacement– A damaged disc is replaced with an artificial, moveable disc.
- Coccygectomy– Coccyx removal to decrease or eliminate pain.
- Endoscopic discectomy– A small camera and light (endoscope) guide the surgeon to remove painful disc(s).
- Endoscopic foraminotomy– Camera-aided debris removal from damaged foramen (bone openings through which nerves pass) to provide more space and remove pressure from local nerves.
- Facet fusion– Placement of a spacer into the facet joint to stop pain.
- Hip arthroscopy– This is a minimally invasive surgery using small incisions, a tiny camera and other special instrumentation. The surgeon views the joint on a screen or monitor, in order to repair cartilage, trim bone spurs and/or remove loose debris from the hip area.
- Interlaminar spacer– Insertion of a spacer to regulate the movement of a spinal segment.
- Microdiscectomy– Surgery using a microscopic lens to guide the removal of a portion of a deformed or damaged disc.
- Percutaneous discectomy– The most minimally invasive technique possible to remove disc material through a cannula, or tiny tube, inserted through the skin.
- Percutaneous release– A minimally invasive technique for relief from compressed nerves.
- Resurfacing shoulder replacement– After removal of arthritic areas of the shoulder, bone is smoothed and covered with a cap or implant.
- Spinal fusion– Placement of a bone graft between vertebrae to fuse them together into a single unit and help stabilize the spine.
- TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)– Innovative surgical procedure used to stabilize the spinal vertebra and the disc between the vertebra.
Minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries
The majority of the surgical procedures performed by the surgeons at NJ Spine and Orthopedics are done using a minimally invasive technique and specialized technology. Advanced tools such as endoscopes (tiny cameras with a light mounted on a thin tube), computer screens and high-definition monitors gives today’s surgeon a view of the surgery area in microscopic detail. Advanced instrumentation makes surgeries through tiny incisions possible and ensures faster recovery. Minimally invasive typically describes surgical procedures using small incisions of less than 1.5 cm (about half an inch).
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