Neuro and Spine Surgeries
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Herniated DiscWhat is Herniated Disc?Read more...
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Lumbar Spinal StenosisWhat is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?Read more...
Parkinson DiseaseWhat is Parkinson Disease?Read more...
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Spina BifidaWhat is Spina Bifida?Read more...
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What is Spinal Fusion?
Fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more of the vertebrae of the spine are united together ("fused") so that motion no longer occurs between them. The concept of fusion is similar to that of welding in industry. Spinal fusion surgery, however, does not weld the vertebrae immediately during surgery. Rather, bone grafts are placed around the spine during surgery. The body then heals the grafts over several months - similar to healing a fracture - which joins, or "welds", the vertebrae together. The surgical procedure of spinal fusion is performed to correct problems associated with the small bones of the spine. The fusion is primarily done for eliminating the pain which has been caused by abnormal motion of the vertebrae. Spinal fusion is basically performed in the lumbar region of the spine and is also used to treat thoracic and cervical problems. Spinal fusion relieves symptoms of several back problems that includes -
The surgical procedure of spinal fusion takes several hours to complete. Spinal fusion involves different methods -
Spinal fusion is used for treating fractures along with many other problems. It also treats the problem of spinal stenosis and age-related spinal problems.
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Cervical Spinal Fusion
Cervical spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is a surgery that joins selected bones in the neck (cervical spine), is performed for permanently linking two or more adjacent vertebrae together. The spinal disc is present in between each vertebrae, that works like a cushion enabling some movement between each vertebrae. Usually the procedure of cervical fusion is done as spinal disc is resulting in many problems by pushing on a nerve known as a disc herniation.
There are a number of ways by which cervical spinal fusion is done -
This procedure can be performed through an incision on the front (anterior) or back (posterior) of the neck.
What is Spinal Decompression Surgery ?
The term spinal decompression surgery is basically done for different procedures that provide relief from many symptoms caused by compression or pressure, to the nerve roots or spinal cord. Thickened joints, bony growths, collapsed disc or bulging and loosened ligaments can narrow the openings of spinal nerve and the spinal canal, resulting in irritation. Bulging or collapsed disks, thickened joints, loosened ligaments and bony growths can narrow the spinal canal and the spinal nerve openings (foramen), causing irritation.
Symptoms of Spinal Nerve Compression
In severe cases, pressure on the spinal nerves can cause paralysis and problems with bladder and/or bowel function.
Techniques for Decompression
Diskectomy - this involves removing a portion of a disk to relieve pressure on the nearby nerve roots.
Laminotomy or laminectomy - these procedures involve removing a small part of the bony arches of the spinal canal, called the lamina. During a laminotomy, just a section of the lamina is removed. During a laminectomy, the entire lamina is removed. Removing the lamina increases the size of the spinal canal, relieving pressure.
Foraminotomy or Foraminectomy - both procedures are performed to expand the openings for the nerve roots to exit the spinal cord by removing some bone and other tissue. A foraminectomy generally refers to a procedure that removes a large amount of bone and tissue.
Osteophyte removal - this involves removing bony growths called osteophytes or bone spurs.
Corpectomy - this is surgery to remove the body of a vertebra, as well as the disks.
A combination of techniques may be used; and in some cases, fusion of the vertebrae also is needed to stabilize the spine.
However in serious cases, force or pressure on the spinal nerves can cause problems with bowel function or bladder, or can result in paralysis. Techniques for Decompression are: Foraminotomy or foraminectomy, Diskectomy, Corpectomy, Laminotomy or laminectomy, Osteophyte removal.
Lumbar Decompression Surgery
A kind of spinal surgery, lumbar decompression surgery is performed for treating several types of leg and back pain that have failed to respond to other treatments. The surgical procedure of decompression is done for eliminating pain due to pinched nerves. While performing a lumbar decompression back surgery, a little portion of the bone over the disc material or the nerve root from below the nerve root is removed so as to provide a more healing environment and space to the nerve root.
The main aim of this type of surgery is to improve problems affecting the legs, such as persistent pain and numbness, caused by pressure on the nerves in the spine. It is not a treatment specifically for back pain, although some people do have reduced pain in their lower back after surgery.
Lumbar decompression surgery is often used to treat:
Laser Back Surgery
A number of lumbar surgeries are performed that provides relief from the pressure which a piece of bone or a bulging disc is laying on the spinal nerves. Laser back surgery helps in relieving this pressure from the nerves while resulting in very little trauma to the spinal area. A very small incision is made and a special portal is inserted through this incision. Then a laser is used for dissolving parts of herniated or bulging discs. The entire procedure takes less than hour to complete and the relief from the back pain can be immediately noticed after the surgery.
Total Disc Arthroplasty
Total disc arthroplasty (TDA functional disc replacement) is an operation where the painful degenerated disc is removed and replaced by an artificial mobile disc that mimics the movement of a normal disc. In thus way mobility in the motion segment is retained in comparison with fusion operations where mobility is lost. Through this method, mobility in the motion is maintained as compared to other fusion procedures where mobility is lost. Total disc arthroplasty is also referred to as cervical artificial disc replacement, spinal arthroplasty and disc replacement.
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