In this procedure a herniated disc is removed and a bone plug or graft is inserted into the space where the disc was removed. Frequently a plate and screws will be inserted to stabilize the area until the bone heals uniting the two vertebrae.
A treatment for chronic lower back pain, your Physician can reduce the sensitivity in nerve fibers in your spinal discs using heat. A tool known as an electrothermal catheter is inserted into the problematic discs which is heated up around the areas that are causing pain, which can strengthen the fibers and even repair very small tears.
A Lumbar Discectomy is the removal of herniated disc material pressing on the nerve going down the leg. This can be done through a relatively small 1 ½” incision or via an endoscopic minimally invasive technique. By removing the herniated fragment the pressure on the nerve and the outer ring of the disc is reduced.
This minimally invasive procedure relieves pressure on nerve roots that are caused by a herniated disc, and can relieve the pain of sciatica. Your surgeon carefully and gently moves the nerves surrounding your spine aside in order to access the vertebral disc, and remove the herniated portion in order to reduce the painful pressure you’ve been feeling.
A Lumbar Fusion involves placing bone across two or more vertebrae to make them one bone or “fuse” them together. Rods connected to screws that are inserted into the vertebrae provide stability until the bone heals across from one vertebra to another. Healing times is several months.
The removal of the arch of bone in the back of the spine to take pressure off the sac containing the nerves running down the spinal canal.
When undergoing this procedure, two of your vertebrae are fused with implants and bone graft material. This enhances spinal stability, and can be used to relieve pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The damaged parts of your disc are carefully accessed and removed, and replaced with the implants and bone graft material in order to fuse the vertebrae together for support.