Surgical

  • surgeons operating spine surgerySpine surgery may be necessary to repair an injury or correct a deformity. Memorial Spine offers many different types of spine surgery, including surgery using the new Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System. This state-of-the-art system enables surgeons to create a precise blueprint for your surgery with Mazor software and your CT scan. In the operating room, your surgeon uses robotic Mazor Renaissance Guidance System to follow the surgical blueprint and pinpoint the exact surgical location with 1.5 millimeter accuracy. This results in a better outcome, quicker recovery, and fewer complications. We invite you to learn more about the Mazor Robotics system, watch instructional videos, and hear from patients.

    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.

    Of note for spinal fusion patients: We are participating in a clinical trial that may redefine lumbar spinal stenosis surgery. The study focuses on a new concept in spine surgery called facet joint replacement. The trial evaluates the safety and effectiveness of a device called the ACADIA Facet Replacement System. We are the only hospital in Georgia and one of only 30 in the U.S. participating in this study. Neurosurgeon James Lindley, M.D., is a principal investigator for the trial. To learn more or to find out if you qualify for the ACADIA trial, contact Victoria Taylor, R.N., at 912-350-8568 or email taylovi2@memorialhealth.com

    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.

    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.