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Spine Conditions

From your first appointment, we’ll get to know you, answer your questions and provide the information you need to make treatment decisions and get on with your life.

Common Spine Conditions and Procedures Include:

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

When certain discs in the neck (cervical spine) herniate, they place pressure  on the surrounding nerve tissues and can cause pain, numbness, weakness or even paralysis. If conservative measures of treatment do not work (physical therapy and/or medications) then your neurosurgeon may recommend a surgery to remove the damaged disc or disc fragment (discectomy), or a laminectomy (removal of any bone spurs surrounding the vertebrae).
By removing the pressure on your spine, a cervical “decompression” may provide long-term neck pain relief as well as prevent further deterioration of the spine or longstanding neurological deficits. Depending on your symptoms and their underlying cause, your surgeon also may suggest an artificial disc replacement or cervical spinal fusion.

Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR)

If back pain is caused by degeneration of discs in your cervical (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back), your surgeon may recommend artificial disc replacement. In this procedure, the damaged disc is carefully removed from between two vertebrae and an artificial one is put in its place. This helps with motion preservation and can help eliminate the need for further surgery in the future. 

Revisions and Complex Spine Surgery

Sometimes following spine surgery, spinal revision surgery is required. This can happen in the neck and back alike. Our surgeons are able to evaluate the need for spinal revision surgery on a case by case basis.  Usually you will need a CT scan as well as an MRI when evaluating whether or not additional surgery is warranted. Our surgeons at SCL Health Medical Group Neurosurgery are well versed in the most cutting edge advancements on treating the spine. 

Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar fusion may be ideal for individuals with chronic low back pain who can’t find relief from medication or physical therapy. This surgery is designed to permanently fuse or “join”, two or more spinal vertebrae together to restrict movement using bone grafts or metal rods or plates.

Lumbar fusion is most commonly used for individuals who have had injuries to bones, have had previous spinal procedures and/or have had “slippage” of one or more of the vertebrae in the spine or whose spine has weakened over time. 

Your surgeon will provide you with the best recommendations on whether or not a fusion is indicated using up to date evidenced based practices.

Lumbar Decompression 

Lumbar decompression surgery is used to treat compressed nerves in the lower (lumbar) spine. Many times pain, with or without associated numbness/weakness/tingling can be secondary to compressed or “crowded” nerves. Surgically relieving the pressure on the neural elements can provide relief when conservative treatment options fail.  

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat fractures or breaks in the vertebrae. The vertebrae are the bones in your back that are stacked on top of each other to make your spine. Your spine supports your weight, allows you to move, and protects your spinal cord and the nerves. Treating “compression fractures” in the spine can decrease pain associated with the fracture as well as help restore the natural alignment of the spine and prevent further deformities associated with fractures.  

Spine Tumors

As in most other parts of the body, tumors can arise in and around the spine. As such, they can cause pain, numbness/weakness/tingling or even paralysis in some cases.  

Using information regarding your very own symptoms in combination with advanced imaging of the spine (CT/MRI), your surgeon will advise you on the best management of such tumors. 
 
While many spinal tumors can be observed for changes or growth, some do require surgical resection.  Our surgeons at SCL Health Medical Group Neurosurgery can manage all spinal tumors using up-to-date evidence based medicine. 

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is defined as a curvature of the spine measuring 10° or greater.  Sometimes people are born with scoliosis (congenital scoliosis) and scoliosis can also develop over time (degenerative scoliosis). These conditions can cause pain and neurological disturbances.  

Both conditions can also be treated by our surgeons at SCL Health Medical Group - Lutheran Neurosurgery. Our surgeons would be happy to see you and render an opinion on what is the best management to treat your condition specifically.  

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal Cord Stimulation is a way to manage various types of pain. A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that sends low levels of electricity directly to the spinal cord. 

In most cases, your pain doctor will trial “leads” to see if it is indeed an effective treatment for your condition.  

If a permanent, implantable device is deemed necessary, our surgeons at SCL Health Medical Group - Lutheran Neurosurgery are trained to place these devices, remove them and adjust them as fit for your particular condition.  

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