Fusion and Stabilization Treatments
Minimally invasive stabilization surgery aims to restore stability to the spine. Instability is commonly caused by a severely collapsed disc or discs, degenerative discs, spondylolisthesis (a disorder in which a vertebra slips forward onto the vertebra below), and more.
Fusion surgeries are similar in goal–to remove damaged disc tissue and fuse the bones together–but differ in approach, including the use of specialized hardware to reinforce stability, and the location used to gain access to the spine. A related procedure is an artificial disc replacement, in which a damaged cervical disc is replaced with a synthetic disc, and the vertebrae are not fused.
Types of Fusion Treatments
- 360 Spinal Fusion: An advanced procedure for correcting deformities of the lower back, a 360 Spinal Fusion is designed to provide a high degree of stability, and to… Read more
- ACDF: With the goal of relieving pain and stabilizing the cervical spine, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure that involves relieving the… Read more
- ALIF: The goal of an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is to increase spinal stability and decrease pain by removing pressure from spinal nerves, and to… Read more
- Cervical Disc Replacement: Cervical disc replacement–also referred to as “artificial disc replacement”–typically relieves pain caused by a herniated or degenerated disc or bone spurs in the neck. Read more
- Kyphoplasty: Kyphoplasty is related to a procedure called “vertebroplasty” and may be considered one treatment within the larger… Read more
- PLIF: Posterior lumbar interbody fusions (PLIF) are designed to increase stability in the spine and remove pressure from spinal nerves. The procedure takes place in the… Read more
- SI Joint Fusion: The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located in the pelvis; it links the iliac bones (pelvis) to the sacrum (lowest part of the spine above the… Read more
- TLIF: The goal of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) is to increase spinal stability and decrease pain by removing pressure from spinal nerves and stabilizing spinal… Read more
- XLIF: eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) relieves pain and increases spinal stability by removing the damaged portion of a spinal disc and replacing it with a… Read more
I had a bulging disc, sciatica, and annular tear damage. After my procedure, I'm back working at the fire station, playing golf, running, and doing anything and everything. PAIN FREE.
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