Spine Surgery encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the spine. This consists of non-operative management, as well as surgery when indicated.
The spine consists of three distinct entities:
- the cervical spine(neck)
- thoracic spine(upper back)
- lumbar spine(lower back).
Each is segmented into 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, and 5 lumbar vertebrae. The spinal cord is housed within and protected by the spinal column. Spinal nerves branch off from the spinal cord at each level, exit the spine, and travel all over the body.
The sacrum and coccyx are also part of the spinal column. However, they typically function as part of the pelvis.
Most spine conditions are degenerative—a function of “wear and tear” as the body ages. This can result in back and neck pain and, in some cases, compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves, resulting in neurologic symptoms.
Our spine surgeon has undergone sub-specialty fellowship training focused on all conditions of the spine. That includes not only the common degenerative conditions, but also more complex ones such as spine tumors, spine fractures, revision surgery and spinal deformity. He has also been involved in the development of minimally invasive techniques for both simple and complex surgery.
Common conditions treated by our spine surgeon:
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
- Adult scoliosis
- Scheuermann’s kyphosis
- Primary and metastatic spinal tumors
- Flat back syndrome
- Failed back surgery and revision surgery
- Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Cervical myelopathy
- Spine fractures
- Neuromuscular scoliosis
Some of the newer and exciting techniques our spine surgeon employs include:
- Minimally invasive TLIF
- Minimally invasive microscope-assisted discectomy
- Motion preservation and disc replacement surgery