Many back problems are the result of problems with the bone, the discs or pressure on the nerves that causes pain. Treating the conditions may involve minimally invasive spine surgery, the use of tiny incisions and small machines to perform surgery, or BMP as an alternative to traditional bone grafting, which is the process of moving bits of bone from one place in the body to another as a way of fusing bones together. In addition, Atlanta Brain and Spine Care performs routine procedures for the removal of tumors of the spine.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Atlanta Brain and Spine Care offers several Minimally Invasive Spine techniques and surgeries, which provide the same results as traditional methods, but eliminate lengthy recovery times, less painful incisions, and reduce soft tissue damage.
Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP)
Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), an alternative to bone grafting, is a cutting-edge technique used for stimulating bone growth. Using a naturally-occurring human protein, our doctors are able to produce the same results as a bone graft, but with less down time, quicker recovery, and reduced complications.
Our Atlanta neurosurgeons praise Artificial Discs where traditional management methods are not enough and may require additional treatment. The use of artificial discs replaces degenerated discs, which have a tendency to cause pain, also known as degenerative disc disease. Artificial discs are used to supplement the work of normal discs, are made from surgical grade metal, and ease discomfort resulting from severe degenerative disc disease.
PLIF, ALIF Surgery & TLIF Surgery
Spinal fusion techniques are primarily used in cases where traditional treatment methods fall short. Our facility employs three fusion treatments, PLIF, ALIF, & TLIF, depending on the severity and type of condition. The spinal fusion techniques can be successfully completed through minimally invasive surgery techniques for a speedy recovery. PLIF, ALIF and TLIF are surgical procedures in which the spine doctor fuses two or more bones together. Surgeons typically perform these procedures to help patients with spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, severe disc degeneration, or spinal fractures.
In cases of stenosis, a laminectomy is performed to relieve pressure on the nerve roots of the spine and alleviate the narrowing of the spine. Cervical or laminectomy stenosis patients may undergo a Laminectomy, a process which alleviates pressure on the nerve roots and spinal canal. Functional rehabilitation may be recommended.
A cervical laminectomy is a surgical procedure designed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve by widening the spinal canal. During a cervical laminectomy, a small section of the bony roof of the spine, the lamina, is removed to create more space for the nerves.
A thoracic laminectomy removes the lamina from vertebral bodies, providing access to remove the tumor and eliminate pressure on the spinal cord. After removing bone, instrumentation can be added to stabilize the vertebrae.
Primary benign and primary malignant spinal tumors are diagnosed and treated with one or several of our non-surgical or surgical options. Our doctors can prescribe the best treatment methods for a seamless recovery.
Spine conditions that cause substantial pain, including tumors, infections, or fractures, may be eased through Lumbar Fusion, allowing for decreased pain at the joint.
Cervical Spinal Fusion
Cervical spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is a surgery that joins selected bones in the neck (cervical spine camera.gif). There are different methods of doing a cervical spinal fusion:
Bone can be taken from elsewhere in your body or obtained from a bone bank (a bone graft). The bone is used to make a bridge between vertebrae that are next to each other (adjacent). This bone graft stimulates the growth of new bone. Man-made (artificial) fusion materials may also be used.
Metal implants can be used to hold the vertebrae together until new bone grows between them.Metal plates can be screwed into the bone, joining adjacent vertebrae.An entire vertebra can be removed, and the spine then fused.A spinal disc can be removed and the adjacent vertebrae fused.This procedure can be done through an incision on the front (anterior) or back (posterior) of the neck.
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgery to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck. An incision is made in the throat area to reach the front of the spine. The disc is removed and a graft is inserted to fuse together the bones above and below the disc.
Posterior Cervical Fusion (PCF) is the general term used to describe the technique of surgically mending two (or more) cervical spine bones together along the sides of the bone using a posterior (back of the neck) incision. Bone graft is placed along the sides the spine bones, which over time, fuses (mends) together.
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