Spine surgery is a constantly evolving field. New technology and research continues to expand available treatment options. Yet, even with the most advanced technology, there is no substitute for an open and honest physician/patient relationship.
Doylestown Health's spine surgeons offer personalized care and an array of advanced techniques to help patients when spine surgery is needed.
There are very few conditions of the spine that should not be treated conservatively at first, no matter which advanced surgical techniques are available. However, when non-operative measures fail, surgery may be necessary to reduce pain and restore function safely and effectively.
Spine conditions treated with spine surgery:
- Degenerative Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease
- Lumbar and Cervical Stenosis
- Lumbar and Cervical Herniated Discs
- Spinal Instability
- Spine Trauma
- Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
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Lumbar and Cervical Disc Replacement
The idea behind total disc replacement is to preserve the inherent motion of the spine, restore its height and restore its natural function. Over the last few years there have been numerous clinical studies performed both in lumbar and cervical spine to evaluate the treatment, effectiveness and results of lumbar and cervical disc replacements, and there are now a variety of FDA-approved devices available for treatment.
Lumbar Spine Disc Replacement
The goal of lumbar spine disc replacement is to remove the damaged, painful disc, and replace it with an implant that designed to move like a normal disc. Disc replacement of the lumbar spine is limited to a very select group of patients who have very specific indications for that design.
Cervical Disc Replacement
The cervical disc replacement has some technical advantages. Those advantages include most importantly the approach. The approach to the cervical spine for a herniated disc or degenerative changes and bone spurs is probably 80 percent of the time done through an anterior approach in the front of the neck. That approach is technically, reasonably safe and very effective.
The standard approach is an anterior cervical discectomy, removing the disc and the spur that is impinging upon the nerve and replacing it with a bone graft and very often a plate and screws. The surgical approach to the cervical spine for a disc replacement is the exact same incision, exact same placement, exact same surgery. The only difference is instead of placing a bone graft and a plate in the disc space you would put a disc replacement in its place.
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) and Motion Preservation
Spine surgeons at Doylestown Health perform a wide variety of procedures including decompression of nerves via discectomy or laminectomy; or stabilization through fusion.
Advancements in Care
Minimally invasive spine surgery has is becoming increasingly popular, leading to fewer complications and faster recovery. Minimally invasive surgery is defined not just by the length of the skin incision, but by the relative reduction of soft tissue trauma. Minimally invasive surgery has led to less blood loss during surgery, less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays, and more rapid recovery times.
Spine Surgery Techniques:
- Circumferential Spine Fusion (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
- eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
- Axialif for Degenerative L4-S1 Disc Disease
- MIS Fracture Stabilization
- Kyphoplasty for Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
- Dynamic Stabilization
- Interspinous Implants for Stenosis
Providers and Team
Specializing in spinal disorders, Doylestown Health's spine experts perform a wide range of procedures including decompression of nerves via discectomy or laminectomy; stabilization through fusion and minimally-invasive spine surgery.
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