Are You Ready for Surgery?

Do you have an upcoming spine surgery scheduled? Or has your doctor implied that you may be in need of surgery in the next several years? We’ve compiled a few tips to help our patients prepare for spine surgery. These tips will help prepare you for the best outcome – a life without back pain. 

Before Spine Surgery: Nurse Navigator Phone Call

Here at Nebraska Spine Hospital, we like to ensure that our patients are informed and prepared before coming in for their spine surgery. One of the ways we do that is with a pre-surgery phone call from one of our nurse navigators. These phone calls are scheduled in advance and generally last 45-60 minutes. We recommend that patients have a piece of paper available to take notes during this call.

What To Expect Before Spine Surgery

Since many of our patients have never undergone spine surgery, we try to always communicate what to expect before spine surgery. Keep reading to discover what happens before your spine surgery at Nebraska Spine Hospital.

Please note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following information may not be up-to-date.

What is an ALIF Procedure?

ALIF stands for anterior lumbar interbody fusion. The ALIF procedure is one of several different methods of spinal fusion. During spinal fusion surgery, a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft. The bone tissue of these vertebrae will continue to grow and permanently lock together. Spinal fusion limits the movement of the spine,

All About Spine Fusion Surgery

Spine fusion surgery is when a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together using a bone graft. The bone tissue will continue to grow and permanently lock the vertebrae together. A spine fusion limits movement of the spine, which may help to relieve back pain. And while the spine may not be as flexible as it was prior to the surgery,

Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery

Frequently asked questions about bone grafting

How big is the incision for a bone graft taken from my hip?

The incision for a bone graft can vary but is generally 1½ – 2 inches long.

Are there any alternatives to having a bone graft taken from my hip?

The alternatives to using a bone graft from the patient’s hip are to use local bone,

Recovery From Spine Surgery: Preparing Your Home

We’ve often found that recovery from spine surgery is the last thing on our patients’ minds, especially any preparations that will have to be made at home. Because of that, we try to bring it to their attention during pre-operative visits by asking questions. We’ll ask about the setup of their home. Is it a one-story or two-story home?

The Basics Of Cervical Spine Surgery

Cervical spine surgery is most often performed to treat spinal instability and/or spinal cord impingement and is reserved for patients whose symptoms are beyond treatment by physical therapy and medication.

The cervical spine is comprised of the seven vertebrae in your neck and their accompanying discs. The spinal discs provide cushion between the vertebrae,

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a great option for many patients. As opposed to open spine surgery, it can be faster, safer, and require less time for recovery. This type of surgery also limits the size of the incision and utilizes a microscopic video camera to gain access to the patient’s spine.

While minimally invasive spine surgery has been around since the 1980s,

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