If you’re suffering from spine problems in Las Vegas, minimally invasive surgery could be the solution. With minimally invasive surgery, there is less disruption of tissue and less blood loss, so patients recover faster and have smaller scars. There are several different minimally invasive surgery techniques for treating back problems. Here is a look at some common procedures.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
During an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion —or ACDF—procedure, the surgeon removes discs and bone spurs in the neck that are putting pressure on nerves and causing pain. The disc is then replaced using a bone graft or small mesh, causing the vertebrae to fuse together. The surgery is performed via a small incision in the front of the neck. In most cases, patients go home the same day of the procedure. The recovery time is approximately two weeks.
Lumbar Posterior Fusion
In this procedure, vertebrae in the lumbar spine are fused together after a damaged disc is removed. The surgery is performed through a small incision in the front of the body. A lumbar posterior fusion can be helpful in treating spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis. After surgery, most patients require physical therapy to regain function.
Kyphoplasty is performed to alleviate vertical compression fractures. These fractures are typically caused by osteoporosis, traumatic injury, or spinal tumors. During surgery, a small balloon device is used to raise the spine to its normal level, and then bone cement is used to fill the area of the compression. For most patients, this provides significant back pain relief.
Don’t live with the pain of spine problems. At the Spine Institute of Nevada, our spine surgeon can help you get the relief you need through minimally invasive surgical procedures. Get on the road to recovery today and contact us at our office at 702-239-3787.