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Spine Surgery

Innovations in Spine Care

Orthopedic and Neurosurgeons on staff at Community Healthcare System hospitals are established leaders in spine and neurosurgery. They use their vast experience to help diagnose and treat disorders affecting the entire body: spine, brain, legs, arm and face. Our innovative approaches include minimally invasive treatments with cutting-edge technologies that help our patients return to a more active, healthy lifestyle more quickly than ever before.

Our physicians specialize in all aspects of complex spine surgery, minimally invasive surgeries of the spine and spinal deformities. Our surgery team members stay on the cutting-edge of new treatments and technologies, ensuring patients have access to the most advanced treatment options available today, including:

Cervical Spine

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) with instrumentation. The cervical disc and/or spur are removed during this operation. After removal of the disc, a bone graft will be placed in this space, allowing for fusion.
  • Insertion of artificial discs for cervical disc herniation and/or degeneration.
  • Treatment of Posterior Decompression of the cervical vertebrae.
  • Posterior Fusion of the cervical vertebrae.

Thoracic Spine

  • Discectomy - A portion of the disc is removed from the spine to release the pressure on the nerve.
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty for fracture - This is a minimally invasive treatment in which orthopedic balloons are used to gently elevate the fractured vertebrae in an attempt to return it to the correct position.

Lumbar Spine

  • Microdiscectomy (minimally invasive spine procedure) - This is an operation on the lumbar spine that is performed using a very small incision and removes only the portion of the ruptured disc that is pinching the spinal nerve causing pain.
  • X-Stop® stenosis - The X-STOP® is a minimally invasive procedure in which an implant called the X-STOP® IPD Implant is placed between two bones called spinous processes in the back of your spine. It is designed to keep the space between your vertebrae open so that when you stand upright the nerves in your back will not be pinched and cause pain.
  • Decompressive Laminectomy with or without fusion and/or instrumentation - This surgery is done to treat spinal stenosis and relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Laminectomy removes bone and/or thickened tissue that is narrowing the spinal canal and squeezing the spinal cord and nerves. This procedure is done by surgically cutting into the back.
  • Posterior and Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion - In this procedure, the surgeon joins (fuses) two lumbar vertebrae. This helps stabilize the vertebrae in this part of the spine.

Pain

  • Spinal Cord Stimulator - This a treatment used for chronic pain. A small stimulator sends signals to your spinal cord to keep the pain messages from being sent to your brain.