With more than 1.6 million procedures per year in the United States, spine surgery is a common way to permanently resolve debilitating back and neck pain. At Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine, in two offices in Westfield and West Orange, New Jersey, the expert spine surgery specialists offer an extensive range of surgery approaches tailored to your unique needs. Use the online booking link or call the office nearest to you to arrange your appointment now.
What is spine surgery?
Spine surgery encompasses a group of procedures that correct problems inside your cervical (upper), thoracic (middle), and lumbar (lower) spine.
The surgeons at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine use the most up-to-date equipment and surgical innovations to perform safe spine surgeries with the fastest recovery possible.
When might I need spine surgery?
If you have ongoing neck, middle back, or lower back pain, or if you experience mobility and function problems due to spinal abnormalities, you could need spine surgery. In some cases, you may need spine surgery to resolve a threatening-but-asymptomatic tumor or structural abnormality in your spine.
Some of the most common reasons for needing spine surgery are:
- Degenerative spinal conditions
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Osteoporotic fractures
- Spinal tumors
- Spinal stenosis
- Sciatica or radiculopathy
- Spinal fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scoliosis and other spinal deformities
- Brain tumors
In most cases, the first approach to spine problems is conservative care, such as physical therapy, activity changes, and interventional pain management procedures if needed. If those approaches don’t produce lasting relief, however, spine surgery could be your best option.
What are the different options in spine surgery?
Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine offers a wide range of spine surgeries to relieve chronic pain and movement issues, including: Discectomy and fusion
In discectomy and fusion, your surgeon removes a damaged disc between two neck or back vertebrae. They then fuse the two vertebrae together.
Interbody fusion is a procedure to fuse vertebrae in your spine using bone grafts. It’s often used for situations where you need multiple discs removed and then different levels of fusion. A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion permanently joins your lumbar spine bones.
A corpectomy is a procedure to remove a damaged vertebrae and ease spinal cord pressure. Then, you typically have a fusion procedure.
A laminectomy removes part or all of a damaged vertebrae in your neck (cervical laminectomy), middle back (thoracic laminectomy), or lower back (lumbar laminectomy). Laminoplasty
A laminoplasty relieves pressure by widening the spinal canal in your neck or back.
In a disc replacement, your surgeon removes your damaged disc and places a new prosthetic one.
Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty correct compression fractures in your spine. Usually, these fractures occur due to osteoporosis.
Scoliosis surgery corrects spinal curvature, usually with spinal fusion.
Complex spine surgery
Your Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine provider turns to complex spine surgery if you need revision spine surgery, surgery for scoliosis, or a surgical correction involving multiple (three or more) segments of your spine. Complex spine surgery may involve multiple types of corrections during the same procedure.
The specific approach to surgery can vary with your condition and anatomy. Your surgeon may approach from the front (anterior), back (posterior), or side (lateral). In many cases, they perform minimally invasive spine surgery with small incisions.
To learn more about the cutting-edge options for spine surgery at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine, call the office nearest to you or schedule your consultation online now.