Lumbar Spine Surgery in Las Vegas, NV
Living in constant or excruciating pain isn’t living at all. Our team at the Spine Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV, provides comprehensive, minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery options for those who are suffering from intense lower back pain.
From slipped discs to lumbar stenosis, our experienced surgeon and medical professionals perform skilled, meticulous surgeries to get you back to doing the things you love. With more than a decade of experience, we take your pain seriously. We’ll find the best options to reduce your discomfort and heal your spine.
What is the lumbar spine?
The lumbar spine refers to the lower area of the spine between the pelvis and thoracic cage. It is made up of five (although some people may have six) vertebrae that are stacked on top of each other with cushion-like intervertebral discs in between. The lumbar vertebrae, L1 to L5, bear most of your body’s weight and are the largest vertebrae in your body. Since they carry most of your weight, the lower lumbar vertebrae are the most susceptible to injury from degeneration and wearing down.
Our lumbar spine surgery options
Most lumber spine surgery treatments fall within two main categories: decompression and fusion.
Lumbar decompression treats compressed spinal nerves caused by lumbar stenosis or a herniated disc. The goal of lumbar decompression is to relieve the pressure on the pinched nerve(s) in order to reduce pain and discomfort.
The two main decompression surgeries we perform are:
- Microdecompression (microdiscectomy): Used mainly to treat lumbar herniations that cause leg or sciatic pain, this procedure removes a small portion of bone above the pinched nerve root as well as a portion of material (bone or disc) below the nerve. This provides almost immediate relief of sciatica pain, and when the nerve heals, relief from tingling and numbness.
- Laminectomy: A treatment for spinal stenosis, a laminectomy is a more involved procedure than a microdecompression, but it does much the same thing on a larger scale. Using a longer incision, the lamina (top of the vertebrae) is removed from the affected vertebrae and the facet joints clipped to give the nerve more room.
Lumbar spinal fusion surgery
Lumbar spinal fusion surgery treats pain caused by degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra) in the lumbar region. The procedure uses a bone graft to limit the motion of the joint that’s causing the discomfort, reducing pain.
There are various approaches to this procedure, depending upon where your issue is and how many vertebrae it affects. Posterolateral gutter fusion is done through the back. PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion) is also done from the back, removing a disc and replacing it with bone, fusing two vertebrae together. ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion) goes through the front of your body and involves the same steps as the PLIF. When a lumbar spinal fusion surgery is done through both the front and the back of your body, it’s called an anterior/posterior spinal fusion. There’s also the XLIF (extreme lateral interbody fusion), where we approach the spine through your side to perform the fusion.
Whether you struggle with a slipped lumbar disc or lumbar stenosis, let our extraordinary team bring you relief from your pain. With advanced methods and innovative technology, the Spine Institute of Nevada performs precision surgeries and minimally invasive procedures so you can get back on your feet sooner. We’re backed by more than a decade of experience, so let us heal you in Las Vegas, NV, today.
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- Comprehensive Service
- Over a Decade of Experience
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