Cervical and Lumbar Spine Decompression/Stabilization/Fusion Surgery
Discs are the structures that serve as shock absorbers between the vertebrae of the spinal column. For example, lumbar discs may herniate creating pressure against one or more spinal nerves causing severe pain, numbness or weakness in the lower back, legs and feet. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column resulting in nerve compression. Chronic back pain can develop from these conditions.
What to Expect in Neurosurgery
Minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy/discectomy/stabilization is an operation performed on the lower spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots. The surgeon reaches the lumbar spine through a small incision in the low back. After the muscles of the spine are spread, the nerve root is exposed by removing part of the bony covering (lamina) which covers the nerve root. This is called a laminectomy. If necessary a portion of the intervertebral disc is then removed taking the pressure off of the nerve root. This is called discectomy. Stabilization refers to the use of a dynamic device such as the Medtronic DIAM or Paradigm Medical Coflex or fusion with the Aurora ZIP device. Similar techniques can be used in the cervical spine with either a fusion or disc replacement. We have available to us the SpinalKinetics M6c disc, AESCULAP ActivC and all other currently available disc replacements.
Other Neurosurgery Procedures
Neurosurgery Next Steps
If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care adviser will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Pre and post-operative care
- Potential risks and complications
Our Surgical Centre was the first Canadian facility to offer back surgery in the ambulatory environment and continues to be a leader in this field of surgery. New technology at the facility enables our surgeons to perform laminectomies endoscopically. Read about our success stories.