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    surgeons operating spine surgery

    Spine surgery may be necessary to repair an injury or correct a deformity. At Memorial Spine, our most common surgical procedures are:

    Interbody fusion -- this is just one way of fusing two adjacent vertebrae together so that there is little or no movement between them. Our surgeons offer minimally invasive spinal fusion that can result in faster recovery times and a decreased risk of complications. There are several ways to reach the spine for interbody fusion.

    • Anterior approach/retroperitoneal -- an abdominal surgeon prepares the view for the spine surgeon by going in next to and behind the bowels and stomach.
    • Posterior approach -- the surgeon accesses the spine from the back. This is the most common approach.
    • Lateral approach -- the surgeon accesses the spine from the side to avoid cutting major muscles.
    • Transforaminal approach -- the surgeon accesses the spine from the back, but does not have to move any nerve roots and can fuse anterior and posterior columns from the same incision.

    Open discectomy -- removing all or part of a damaged disc to relieve pressure on the spine and nerves. An open discectomy gives the surgeon the best view to remove damaged disc parts.

    Microdiscectomy -- minimally invasive discectomy in which the surgeon uses an endoscope and special instruments to remove the disc through a smaller incision. This can result in a faster recovery time and a decreased risk of complications.

    Disc replacement -- replacing a damaged disc with an artificial version. An artificial disc restores disc height and movement between the vertebrae. Disc replacement is not a viable option for everybody and is only used in certain cases. We were one of only five sites in the entire United States selected to participate in a pilot study for the TRIUMPH Lumbar Disc for treatment of degenerative disc disease.

    Laminectomy -- removing all or part of the bone around the spinal cord to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

    Kyphoplasty -- the surgeon uses a special X-ray called a fluoroscope to insert a balloon into a fractured vertebra. The balloon is inflated to recreate bone height then bone cement is injected to stabilize the fracture.

    Sacroiliac (SI) join fusion -- Our surgeons use a device called iFuse to stabilize and fuse the SI joint. This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting small titanium implants across the joint to maximize post-surgical stability and weight-bearing capacity. Learn more about iFuse.    

    Minimally invasive spine surgery -- the surgeon uses special instruments to perform an operation through an endoscope and smaller incisions. This technique reduces blood loss, limits muscle body disruption, and minimizes contact with the nerve roots. This can result is faster recovery times and a decreased risk of complications. It is important to note that not all procedures can be performed in a minimally invasive manner.