Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a technique using small incisions to gain access to the spine to treat spine problems with less retraction on the muscles and less dissection to the surrounding tissues.
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, or TLIF, is a spine surgery in which the lumbar spine is approached from the back.
Your healthcare professional may recommend an ACDF if you are suffering from disc herniation or degeneration in the upper part of the spine known as the cervical area.
Degenerative spinal disease can affect the structure and integrity of the intervertebral discs that lie between the cervical vertebra. A popular device used to replace the degenerated disc is the Prestige artificial disc.
There are a number of different reasons for the development of chronic pain. Failed back and neck surgery, ischemia and neuropathy can result in back pain which can also lead to leg pain.
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a type of spinal fusion which involves an anterior approach to fuse lumbar spine vertebrae (bones) together. Anterior refers to the front of the body. Lumbar means the last five vertebrae of the spinal column.
In fusion surgery (also called arthrodesis) two bones are fused together to form a single piece of bone tissue. When fusion surgery is done with vertebrae in the spine, the bones are fused together and the disc space between them no longer exists.
If a patient has vertebral compression fractures or scoliosis, a physician may recommend balloon kyphoplasty. This procedure is minimally invasive, and takes 30 minutes to an hour for each vertebra.