Like all surgeries, spine surgery has risks. Because the surgery is performed on and around the spine, there is a chance the complications can be serious. We help you understand all the potential risks and benefits before you decide if spine surgery is right for you.
If spine surgery is the right option for you, you’re in good hands. Our team is known in the region for great results for complex conditions that cannot be treated elsewhere. We combine tried-and-true approaches with the latest advancements to create the safest possible surgical environment.
We’ll start by discussing your surgical options, going over recommended procedures and illustrating what surgery will do. We’ll also discuss what to expect on the day of your procedure, during your hospital stay and what happens after you go home. Depending on the surgery you need, you may be able to go home the same day.
Minimally invasive spine surgery uses fewer incisions, causes less damage to the body and allows for faster recovery. Minimally invasive spine surgeries include:
- Kyphoplasty, which strengthens vertebrae affected by compression fractures to reduce pain.
- Microdiskectomy, to address herniated disks and their symptoms.
- Spinal cord stimulator implantation, which sends electrical signals to the spine to reduce pain.
- Spinal fusion, which joins two vertebrae to reduce pain caused by movement in the joint between them.
- Lumbar and cervical motion preservation surgery, an alternative to fusion that can provide greater range of motion.
- Dynamic spinal stabilization, which implants devices that make the spine more stable.
Open spine surgery is required when your surgeon needs more access to the spine. Open surgeries usually require more incisions and therefore more recovery time. These surgeries include:
- Total disk replacement: If a disk between two vertebrae in your spine is damaged, total disk replacement can offer long-term relief.
- Open spine deformity surgery: Some spine deformities require open surgery, instead of correction with minimally invasive techniques. Our orthopaedic surgeons are experts in both areas and will help you understand which is right for you.
To help ensure the best possible outcomes, our team uses advanced technology to enhance surgical operations, including:
- EOS Imaging System, which provides detailed 3D scans of the body in a natural standing position. When a patient’s unique posture influences how surgery should be performed, EOS is an important part of providing the best orthopaedic care.
- Preoperative radiography, where your surgical team uses imaging to plan the exact approach to use for your surgery. Doing so can improve outcomes, reduce damage to the body and improve recovery time.