Spine surgery is traditionally done as "open surgery," meaning the area being operated on is opened with a long incision to allow the surgeon to view and access the anatomy. In recent years, however, technological advances have allowed more spine conditions to be treated with a minimally invasive surgical technique. We are dedicated to helping people of all ages, with a variety spine conditions, lead pain free, healthy lives again. We provide comprehensive spine surgery and spine care, from initial diagnosis through post-treatment and rehabilitation. We treat all types of back, neck, spine, and spine-related disorders—from the more common to the most complex. We specialize in upper, mid, and lower back pain; spinal deformity; and scoliosis. We also have experts that treat spine fractures, spinal cord injuries, and tumours of the spine.
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What are the main reasons patients pursue spine surgery?Spine surgery is a solution for patients whose lumbar (lower back) pain has not responded favourably to conservative treatments. This lower back pain usually occurs during movement, and can radiate down the buttocks to the extremities, causing severe leg pain and immobilization.
How can patients recover most efficiently after spine surgery?Following spine surgery, patients should forego lifting heavy objects and bending over for several weeks or months. This precautionary measure allows the spine to heal without experiencing excessive stress. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises will likely be prescribed by a physical therapist following the procedure. These exercises help support the spine by strengthening the supporting muscles and ligaments. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help alleviate inflammatory pain, as well.
When can I return to normal activities?The speed with which patients can return to normal activities varies considerably with the type of spinal surgery. After most surgeries, patients resume normal activities within 4 - 6 weeks.
Spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of the back. It carries signals back and forth between the body and the brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae, the bone disks that make up the spine.
Neck pain may be caused by disc degeneration, narrowing of the spinal canal, arthritis, and, in rare cases, cancer or meningitis. There are times when surgery is the best option for treating the medical condition responsible for the neck pain.
Lumbar fusion (Arthrodesis) is a major surgery performed to permanently join together two or more bones in the spine so there is no movement between them. These bones are called vertebrae. A lumbar fusion surgery is designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, which in turn should decrease pain generated from the joint.
Lumbar decompression surgery is a type of spinal surgery performed to treat some conditions affecting the lower back (lumbar spine) that haven't responded to other treatments. The main aim of this type of surgery is to improve problems affecting the legs, such as persistent pain and numbness, caused by pressure on the nerves in the spine.
Endoscopic Spine Surgery is a type of state-of-the-art surgery that uses small tubular system or micro incisions, assisted with an endoscope or microscope. This type of surgery provides patients with quicker recovery and less pain than traditional spine surgery. It preserves normal spine mobility because the spine is not fused with screws and rods.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which places pressure on the spinal cord. If the stenosis is located on the lower part of the spinal cord it is lumbar spinal stenosis. Stenosis in the upper part of the spinal cord is cervical spinal stenosis.
Almost everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives. This pain can vary from mild to severe. It can be short-lived or long-lasting. However it happens, back pain can make many everyday activities difficult to do.