Spine Surgeries and Procedures
Break down back pain and problems with miVIP's world-class spinal surgery specialists
For patients dealing with head and neck pain that affects their daily lives, miVIP is ready to help with highly successful, minimally invasive, hospital-level surgical procedures in an outpatient setting. Our spine/neuro surgical team and support staff is fully accredited and experienced in minimally invasive spinal surgeries, which means significantly shorter recovery times and much less trauma to surrounding tissue. They have received extensive training in these successful procedures and are highly regarded and recognized as leaders in their field, using innovative techniques to solve spinal and nerve problems that were traditionally difficult to approach.
When performing spinal surgeries, our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative monitoring that includes the use of our Nerve Monitoring System (NNM). This system helps surgeons locate, identify and map specific nerves and branches. It is also used to verify nerve function and integrity.
Conditions affecting the spine, head and neck can be especially painful and dangerous if left untreated. Damage to the spinal cord in particular can lead to severe, long term problems, so it is important to diagnose and treat conditions as soon as possible.
Common non-robotic spinal procedures performed at miVIP include:
- Cervical Fusion: surgery that fuses two vertebral segments together in the neck, or cervical spine, in order to stop painful motion.
- Discectomy: surgical removal of herniated disc or bone spurs in order to relieve the pressure placed on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord; a cervical discectomy alleviates pain in the neck and/or arms, lack of coordination and numbness or weakness in the arms, forearm or fingers, and a lumbar discectomy eliminates pain, weakness and/or numbness in the legs and/or feet, as well as bowel and/or bladder incontinence.
- Foraminotomy: surgical removal of bone in order to widen the opening and relieve pressure on the nerves where nerve roots leave the spinal canal.
- Laminectomy: surgical removal of part of the vertebral bone called the lamina.
- Lumbar Fusion: surgery that fuses two vertebral segments together in the lower back, or lumbar spine, in order to stop painful motion.
- Neuroplasty: surgical removal of scar tissue in order to repair damaged nerves.
A wide variety of conditions may indicate the need for spinal surgery, including:
- Herniated Disc, a damaged(bulging or broken) disk between the bones, or vertebrae, of the spine .
- Cauda Equina Syndrome, a rare and serious disorder where something compresses on the spinal nerve roots and can lead to lasting damage like incontinence or leg paralysis if not treated quickly.
- Spinal Instability, the abnormal movement between one vertebra and another.
- Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, the gradual degeneration of discs so that the space between vertebrae narrows and nerve roots become pinched.
- Spinal Tumor, a growth of cells in or surrounding the spine.
- Vertebral Fracture, the breakage of vertebrae due to trauma.
- Scoliosis, a deformity that results in a curved spine.
- Kyphosis (Scheuermann’s Disease), also called roundback, the over-curvature of the upper back vertebrae.
- Spondylolisthesis, the slippage of one vertebra onto the bone below it in the lower part of the spine.
- Spondylosis, the degenerative osteoarthritis of joints in the spine.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, a long-term disease that leads to the inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues.
- Spinal Stenosis, the narrowing of open spaces in the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
- Excessive scar tissue, where extra scar tissue from inflammation or previous spinal surgery fills the thin area between the spine and protective layer around the spinal cord.
When there is damage to the spinal cord or surrounding tissues, symptoms can vary dramatically. Symptoms can indicate anything from a common condition to a serious problem. Some of the typical signs and symptoms of spinal and neurological conditions include:
- Sciatica — pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the buttocks, back or legs
- Bowel and bladder problems
- Tingling or a loss of sensation and feeling
- Painful, swollen or stiff joints
- Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
- A rib prominence and/or a prominent shoulder blade
- Uneven hip, arm or leg lengths
- Gait dysfunction
- Loss of balance
- Shocks (paresthesia) in hands and legs
- Thickening or nodularity of the skin
- Hair loss
- Swollen, puffy appearance
- Fatigue or a general feeling of illness (malaise)
- Mild fever
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss