Whether the need for spine surgery is the result of a congenital condition, ongoing deterioration or other condition, the necessary surgical procedures you require are offered through the Nebraska Spine Hospital. This may require the removal of all or part of a vertebrae or disc, or the use of special devices developed specifically for the conditions of the spine. These include:
Spinal Deformity Reconstruction (Scoliosis) – helps to reshape the spine to make it more stable
Minimally Invasive Surgery – allows surgeons to perform a variety of procedures effectively through smaller incisions using microscopic technology and equipment
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure where two or more vertebrae is joined together using bone tissue, which then grows with the body’s natural processes and “fuses” the vertebrae together for added support to the spine. Pain is the most common symptom of back conditions that require spinal fusion surgery for relief.
Very often, it is recommended after other options have been unsuccessful in alleviating the problem or the pain associated with it. Depending on location of the problem, the cause and the individual patient, physicians may recommend:
Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) – allows surgeons to approach the spine from the side, removing disc material and placing bone grafts to the affected vertebrae
Interspinous Process Distraction/Decompression (X-Stop) – a special device or spacer is inserted to relieve pressure on the spine and nerves that causes pain, loss of movement in the legs and even normal bladder or bowel function.
Thoracoscopic Anterior Spine Surgery – effective for various fusion surgeries, this procedure allows surgeons to reach the area through the chest cavity, with the patient lying on his or her side.
Cervical Disk Replacement
Cervical disk replacement may be indicated for those who are unable to find relief from pain from other conservative spine care treatment oprions. For some, their conditions are a gradual process that eventually impacts their ability to do even the most basic tasks because of pain in the neck or arms. For others, it’s more immediate, resulting from an injury, a fall, a bump, or an accident. But the impact can be felt with ongoing pain and difficulty in movement.
Whatever the cause of your pain, our leading spine surgeons at Nebraska Spine Hospital are able to perform a wide range of procedures to alleviate your pain through the use of fusion techniques that remove matter causing pain and insert a bone graft that then “fuses” with the vertebrae to support the spine. Some of these include:
Posterior Cervical Fusion – To add stability, surgeons place bone grafts along side the vertebrae and support with metal screws or rods to repair damage from an injury or other conditions.
Restoring movement and alleviating pain are two of the most common reasons people give for deciding to undergo spine and neck surgery. To ensure patients have access to the latest procedures and devices, the surgeons at Nebraska Spine Hospital actively pursue innovative techniques and approaches to spine and neck care, including motion preservation.
For many, it can be an effective option for treating spine and neck conditions that result from degeneration or injury. Specifically, these procedures help to address the need to restore the distance between vertebrae and relieve compression, to stabilize the spine and to limit or control motion.
At Nebraska Spine Hospital, the motion replacement procedures address the key areas of the spine where problems most frequently occur and include:
Cervical Total Disc Replacement – Surgeons reach the affected area of the cervical spine (neck) from the front, first removing the damaged disc completely and then positioning the spine to its normal position before implanting the artificial disc, resulting in the relief of pain and movement.
Lumbar Total Disc Replacement – Through an incision on your stomach, the surgeon removes the damaged disc completely and then replaces it with an artificial disc designed to position vertebrae to their optimal distance and relieve associated pain and movement.
At Nebraska Spine Hospital, specialists use a variety of spinal injections in their diagnoses – pinpointing the source of the problem. Just as there are many conditions that can cause pain in the back, neck, legs and arms, there are a variety of injection procedures designed to diagnose and treat them.
In many cases, injection therapy also offers the most effective means of treatment and can also provide relief from pain and limited mobility. This is especially important in cases where surgery is not an option.
Some of the injections offered at the Nebraska Spine Hospital include:
Epidural Steroid Injections – are often used to inject anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce nerve inflammation and the resulting pain
Selective Nerve Root Blocks – helps to determine the specific spinal nerve root that is the source of pain and to inject medicine that reduces inflammation to relieve the pain
Trigger Point Injections – deliver pain relief and anti-inflammation medicine to relax back and neck muscles that cause pain
Facet Joint injections/Nerve Blocks – allow physicians to diagnose and treat neck, middle back, low back pain and associated radiating pain.
Sacroiliac Joint injections – is used for both the diagnosis and treatment of pain caused by the sacroiliac or SI joint.
Radiofrequency Ablation (Rhizotomy) – uses radio frequency waves to generate heat around a nerve to relieve pain in the lumbar.
Provocation Discography – used for the diagnosis of pain
An accident, injury or even ongoing osteoporosis can cause painful fractures of the spine and the resulting pain and limited motion can have devastating effects.
Through a variety of surgical and non-surgical options, our surgeons are able to address the immediate issue, alleviate pain, restore movement, provide support and help to prevent the symptoms from worsening.
A spinal tumor can be the cause of pain, numbness, or limited motion. The surgeons at Nebraska Spine Hospital use specially developed instruments and techniques to remove the tumor, thus relieving the pressure that can be the source of pain. Ultimately the work to stabilize and restructure the spine to preserve mobility and even restore bowel and bladder function.
Working in conjunction with other specialists, surgery is often combined with radiation therapies for the best possible outcomes.