You Don’t Have To Hurt
You have been suffering from lower back pain for too long. You have been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, like a bulging disc, and told you may need a major surgical procedure.
You have tried all other treatments, but physical therapy and even epidural steroid injections are not enough. And the FDA warns that certain types of painkillers can lead to heart attack or stroke.
You are looking for a solution. North American Spine has been the answer for more than 8,000 people just like you.
Your Lumbar Spine
The bottom five vertebrae are collectively called the lumbar spine. They are required to bear more weight to support your torso, so are the biggest and strongest vertebra in your body — and are also the most prone to injury.
The following are the most common procedures we perform on the lumbar spine to treat lower back symptoms.
A laser discectomy may be performed to remove soft tissue abnormalities, such as bulging or herniated disc material. If more than one problem is discovered during your procedure, the physician can diagnose and treat it at the same time. Learn more about the laser spine procedure.
A discectomy, sometimes called a microdiscectomy, is a minimally invasive spinal procedure that involves using a surgical microscope and microsurgical techniques to remove part of a damaged disc that is compressing the nerve roots through a small incision. Only that portion of the herniated disc, which is pinching one or more nerve roots, is removed. Learn more about the discectomy.
Each of your spinal bones (vertebrae) has a flat, oval-shaped main body and a rear section that roughly resembles a pair of outspread wings. The rear portion of the main vertebral body forms the front wall of the spinal canal, while the various structures in the rear section form the rear and sides of the canal. Your lamina sits in the middle of this rear section and forms the rear wall of the canal, also known as the canal “roof.”
Laminotomies and laminectomies are two surgical procedures performed on the section of a spinal bone called the lamina. Laminotomies involve removal of only a minor segment of the lamina, while laminectomies involve removal of most or all of the lamina. Both procedures are performed to relieve excessive pressure on the spinal cord or its associated nerve roots.
Learn more about the laminotomy/laminectomy.
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a spine surgery that involves approaching the spine from the front (anterior) of the body to remove all or part of a herniated disc in the lower back, then fusing the vertebrae using bone graft material. One advantage of an ALIF is that the back muscles and nerves are undisturbed. Learn more about the Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF).
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a spine surgery that involves approaching the spine from the back (posterior) of the body to remove all or part of a herniated disc in the lower back, then fusing the vertebrae using bone graft material. Since the PLIF approach requires only a single incision, it can minimize healing time and risk of infection. Learn more about the Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF).
A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a type of spine surgery that involves approaching the spine from the back (posterior) of the body to removed damaged disc material that is compressing nerve roots and fill the resulting space with a bone graft between two vertebrae, fusing them together for stability. Specialized hardware is also used to reinforce stability in the spine. Learn more about the Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF).
A minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) is a type of spine surgery that involves approaching the spine through very small incisions in the side as opposed to through an incision in the front or back. The procedure is performed in order to stabilize the spinal column and fill the space previously occupied by the damaged disc. Learn more about the Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF).
A Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) is an implantable neurostimulator device that consists of a tiny insulated wire called a lead, placed in the epidural space between the vertebrae and spinal cord, and a power source called a battery or receiver, placed under the skin near the buttocks or abdomen. When activated using an external remote, the device sends mild electric currents that block pain messages to the brain. Learn more about the Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS).
To find out if one of our lumbar procedures is right for you, call us 24/7 at 877.474.2225 or submit the form on this page. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan and provide you with a customized treatment plan at no cost.