Surgical Procedures!

Surgical Procedures! from Alan Moelleken, MD

By: Alan Moelleken, MD  08/27/2014
Keywords: Surgery

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SafeSpine®
A surgical technique that uses a blunt probe to push ligaments and nerves aside instead of cutting through them during a Micro-Lumbar Discectomy. The result is decreased neurological injury, which reduces recovery time and pain, and may result in an overall better outcome for the patient.

MiniFuse®
A minimally invasive fusion of the lumbar spine that uses 3 small incisions as opposed to 1 large incision. This outpatient procedure allows the patient to go home the same day, minimizes blood loss, reduces recovery time and pain, and may result in an overall better outcome for the patient.

Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
(includes fusions with metallic and other implants, bone grafting procedures, and spinal instrumentation, microsurgical decompression)
Procedure performed to remove pressure from the spinal cord and/or nerve roots through the removal of intervertebral discs. Bone or strut grafts, with or without the addition of supporting titanium plates and screws, are then inserted to replace removed discs, and fuse the vertebra to achieve stability.

Anterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion
(includes mini-open approach, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic techniques, endoscopic fusions, and endoscopic microdisc surgery)
Procedure performed to reduce back or leg pain caused by natural degeneration of disc space. Through an incision in the abdomen, a portion of the affected disc space is removed and replaced with an implant that may or may not be supported by screws and rods inserted at the back of the spine.

Kyphoplasty
Minimally invasive procedure guided by fluoroscopy designed to stop pain caused by spinal fracture. A small balloon inserted into the vertebrae through a tube elevates the fracture and returns it to a more normal position.

Micro-Lumbar Discectomy or Laminectomy
Minimally invasive surgical decompression procedure used to remove the portion of the intervertebral disc that is compressing the spinal nerve root in patients with lumbar herniated discs.

Posterior Cervical Microsurgical Decompression/Foraminotomy
Minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce neck pain through the decompression of single or multiple cervical nerve roots.

Posterior Cervical Microsurgical Decompression and Fusion
Minimally invasive procedure used to treat abnormal movement, pain, and/or narrowing of the cervical spine. Microsurgery is performed to decompress the spinal cord and/or nerves, and small titanium screws are inserted to help stabilize abnormal movement or neck instability.

Posterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion
(includes minimally-invasive techniques)
Procedure used to combine and immobilize two or more vertebrae in order to eliminate pain caused by abnormal motion of the vertebrae.

Posterior Scoliosis Fusion
Procedure performed to correct severe curvature of the spine. An incision is made straight down the back to allow for the insertion of rods and screws used to straighten and stabilize the spine while bone fusion occurs.

Posterior TruFuse procedure (minimally invasive)

Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
Procedure performed to reduce pain caused from a herniated or ruptured disc, or from degenerative disc disease. An artificial disc in inserted into the disc space, preserving natural motion of the cervical spine by functioning as a joint.

Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement Procedure performed to reduce pain caused from a herniated or ruptured disc, or from degenerative disc disease. An artificial disc in inserted into the disc space, preserving natural motion of the lumbar spine by functioning as a joint.

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