Procedures

The following pages contain information regarding commonly performed spine procedures for the neck and low back. The written contents are coupled with educational videos which are an artistic rendition of the actual procedures. Please feel free to explore the content and write to us with your comments and questions.


Disc Replacement Surgery

In select few individuals, disc replacement surgery may be indicated. This a relatively new technology whereby the damaged disc is replaced by a prosthetic motion device. The potential advantages include preservation of motion at the disc level and protection of the neighboring levels from accelerated wear and tear.


Minimally Invasive Neck Spine Surgery

For patients with arm pain from a ruptured disc, an attractive alternative to traditional neck fusion surgery is posterior cervical decompression (PCD). Dr. Mobin is able to free the compressed nerve and remove the damage portion of the disc without fusing the disc.


Herniated Disk Surgery (Lumbar)

In cases that require surgical repair of ruptured disc, outpatient lumbar disc surgery can provide expedient relief of leg and back pain. Using minimally invasive techniques, the removal of the damaged disc portion can be achieved through a small incision. Microscopic techniques and delicate tissue handling provide for the best functional outcome, minimizing damage to surrounding muscles and ligaments.


Microscopic Decompression for Lumbar Stenosis

Narrowing of the spinal canal can cause disabling leg pain,weakness and numbness. The traditional procedure, laminectomy, is generally painful with long rehabilitation period. It requires prolonged hospitalization and may cause weakening of the spine. The newer microscopic lumbar decompression technique, is less painful, maintains spinal stability and is performed through a small incision, without cutting the muscles as is the case with the traditional surgery.


Minimally Invasive Back Surgery

There are large and strong muscles overlying the lower back. In traditional surgery, a muscle stripping approach is used to gain access to the spine. In minimally invasive back surgery, particular attention is given to save the normal muscle and tendon attachments. A tubular device or a minimally invasive retractors provide the working channel by spreading the muscle fibers. At the completion of the surgery, the working channel is removed and the muscle and tendons resume their normal position.


Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion

Compared to the traditional surgery, minimally invasive spine fusion is designed to preserve the important muscles that cover the spine. Through small working channels, muscle fibers are gently spread and at the end of the surgery, they resume their normal position and attachment to the spine.


Cervical Spine Surgery

Individuals with intractable neck pain and/or arm pain may be suffering from ruptured or herniated disc. In the neck, discs material can exert pressure on the nearby delicate nerves and spinal cord. The initial symptom, in most instances, is pain in either neck or the arm. Through the advances in spine surgery, safe and effective methods are available to relieve the nerve pain and restore function to the affected area in the cervical spine. The approach to the spine can be performed from the front or back of the neck. At spinesurgeonla, emphases is placed on the least invasive technique with the highest chance of success in relieving pain and disability.


Lumbar Spine Surgery

Individuals with intractable back pain and/or leg pain may be suffering from ruptured or herniated disc. In the back, discs material can exert pressure on the nearby delicate nerves and cauda equine (the long tracks of nerves located at the lower part of the back). The initial symptom, in most instances, is pain in either low back or the leg. Through the advances in spine surgery, safe and effective methods are available to relieve the nerve pain and restore function to the affected area in the lumbar spine. The approach to the spine can be performed from the front or back of the lumbar spine. A newer technique uses the lateral approach to access the disc space. At spinesurgeonla, emphasis is placed on the least invasive technique with the highest chance of success in relieving pain and disability.