ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc diseases. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material. The anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is similar to the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), except that in the ALIF, the disc space is fused by [...]
While the ALIF is still a widely available spine fusion technique, this type of procedure is often combined with a posterior approach (anterior/posterior fusions) because of the need to provide more rigid fixation than an anterior approach alone provides.
The surgical procedure is performed to treat an aneurysm, a bulge in the wall of an artery inside the skull. Aneurysms can often become so large that they rupture or leak. In this procedure, a small, metal clip is applied to the base of the aneurysm to prevent book leakage.
When the cervical disease encompasses more than just the disc space, the spine surgeon may recommend removal of the vertebral body as well as the disc spaces at either end to completely decompress the cervical canal. This procedure, a cervical corpectomy, is often done for multi-level cervical stenosis with spinal cord compression caused by bone [...]
Anterior cervical spinal fusion surgery is commonly done in conjunction with an anterior cervical discectomy. For many patients, cervical spinal fusion surgery (fusing one vertebra to another) is often done to: • Eliminate motion at a vertebral segment, which should decrease the pain at that segment • Maintain adequate space for the decompressed spinal cord [...]
This surgery removes a herniated or diseased disc and relieves neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on the nerve roots. The surgeon performs and incision on the front of the neck. The surgeon then removes the diseased or damaged disc. This helps to alleviate pain. Next, the space above [...]
A goal of this procedure is to relieve the pain caused by pinch nerves due to a damaged disc in the cervical spine. The diseased or damaged disc will be replaced with a specialized implant.
In this minimally-invasive procedure, performed under general anesthesia, portions of a diseased or damaged disc in the lumbar spine are removed and a device is implanted to secure one or more vertebrae to the sacrum. It is generally used to treat back pain caused by degenerative disc between the lowest lumbar vertebra (called L5) and [...]
In this condition, the wall of a blood vessel in the brain weakens and creates a bulge that can rupture or leak. When an aneurysm ruptures it can cause a stoke and be life-threatening. An aneurysm forms when an arterial wall becomes thin or weakens from degeneration over time. Aneurysms typically form at the base [...]