The spine is your body central structure. It supports and keeps you upright while connecting the different parts of your skeleton: your head, chest, pelvis, shoulders, arms and legs. Extremely flexible, it is a chain of bones made of ligaments and disks.
What is spine surgery?
Spine surgery is performed by a spinal or neurosurgeon to repair the patient's anatomy.
Aging, incorrect body posture, and trauma may injure your spine, leading to back pain, leg pain, numbness and leg weakness. Chronic back pain is a condition that only your doctor can diagnose and treat.
Traditionally, spine surgery is performed as open surgery. However, technology now allow surgeons to operate using minimal invasive techniques.
Minimal invasive spine surgery (MISS) does require big incisions, and open manipulation of the muscles and tissue surrounding the spine, therefore, the procedure and the recovery are shorter.
In both open and minimal invasive spine surgery, there are different approach to operate:
Anterior approach: As the name implies, the surgeon accesses the spine from the front of your body, through the abdomen.
Posterior approach: An incision is made in your back.
Lateral approach: The pathway to your spine is made through your side.
What treatments I use?
Several conditions can affect the spine anywhere from the neck to the lower back. The spine indications I treat are:
Degenerative spine and disc conditions:
- Arthritis, degenerative disc disease, disc prolapse, disc herniation, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, spondylosis, sciatica, nerve entrapment,
Other spine conditions and disorders:
- chronic spine, osteoporosis and vertebral fractures, scoliosis, spinal cord cancer, spinal deformities, spinal fracture, spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, low back pain after operations, low back pain, neck pain, failed back surgery non-operative treatments for back pain, non-operative treatments for neck pain, facet joints disease, sacroiliac joint problems, muscular back pain, osteoporosis, spinal fractures.