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Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Here’s what you need to know about lumbar microdiscectomy: Description of surgery The Surgical goal is to relieve the pressure on the  spinal nerve by removing the disc material causing the leg pains.  A microdiscectomy is performed through a one inch incision in the lower back. The back muscles (noted here as erector spinae) are […]

Lumbar Laminectomy

Here’s what you need to know about lumbar laminectomy: Description of surgery The purpose of the surgery is to relieve the compression of the spinal nerves by removing the back portion of a vertebra in your lower back. That area of boney compression on the nerve is called the area of spinal stenosis.   The surgeon […]

Posterior Lumbar Fusion

Here’s what you need to know about posterior lumbar fusion surgery: Description of surgery The purpose of the surgery is to fuse two or more vertebral bones of your lower back to one. This is achieved by tricking your body into thinking the individual vertebral bones are broken at which point your body attempts to […]

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Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

Here’s what you need to know about posterior cervical foraminotomy: The purpose of posterior cervical foraminotomy is to alleviate the spinal nerve compression caused by a specific type of  disc herniation or bone spur.  The surgeon makes a small incision on the back of the neck over the intended surgical site. Various tissues and muscles […]

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Told you need neck surgery?  Let me explain what the patient can expect from an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, commonly referred to as ACDF. We’ll begin with breaking down the name: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Anterior refers to the direction in which the surgeon approaches the patient’s body, and cervical refers to the […]

What is a Nonunion?

What is a nonunion? For most doctors, it means two or more bones that were supposed to heal together but did not. To give an example, sometimes broken leg bones do not heal. Surgery may be necessary to unite the bone edges together. Nonunions can happen to any bone, although for most healthy people, the […]

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