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spine surgery

Procedures We Perform

We offer proven solutions for neck and spine pain.

Our surgeons believe in developing a plan of treatment that minimizes pain and length of hospital stay, and maximizes your outcome. In every case, minimally invasive solutions are considered first. If surgery is the course of treatment, our surgeons will use innovative methods and technology, and approach every patient’s diagnosis in a personalized way, developing pre- and postoperative plans to get you back to a more active, pain-free life as soon as possible.

Procedures we perform include:

  • Lumbar
    • Types of surgery to enlarge the space for the nerves:
      • Microdiscectomy — Decompression surgery that expands or enlarges the passageway where the spinal nerve exits the spinal canal and removes a herniated disc, relieving pain associated with a compressed nerve.
      • Foraminotomy/Laminotomy — Decompression surgery that entails removal of a small portion of the lamina and ligaments to relieve pressure in the vertebral canal along with expanding or enlarging the passageway where the spinal nerve exits the spinal canal, relieving pain associated with a compressed nerve.
      • Laminectomy — A surgery that has a long track record of success for relieving pressure on the spinal nerves. An incision is made down the middle of the spine. The back of the vertebrate is removed to enlarge the spinal canal.
    • Types of spinal fusions — Surgery in which two or more bones in the spine are encouraged to grow together to form one bone and are held in place by screws or rods during the growth period. Bone from the hip or from a bone bank may be used to bridge a gap between vertebrae and establish new bone growth:
      • Posterolateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) — Type of fusion surgery in which the disc is replaced with two anterior spacers made of either plastic or metal. Screws are then placed into the spine along with rods to support it. Bone is encouraged to grow in the disc space. The incision is in the middle. Muscles are cut. 
      • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) — Type of fusion surgery in which the disc is replaced with an anterior spacer made of either plastic or metal. Screws are then placed into the spine along with rods to support it. Bone is encouraged to grow in the disc space. The incision is in the middle. Muscles are cut.
      • Minimally Invasive TLIF — Type of fusion surgery in which the disc is replaced with an anterior spacer made of either plastic or metal. Screws are then placed into the spine along with rods to support it. Bone is encouraged to grow in the disc space. Two incisions are made on the sides. Muscles are not cut.
      • Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF) or Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF) or Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) — A minimally invasive procedure to ease back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. An incision is made on the side of the spine. The spine is then approached through the back of the abdomen.
      • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) — A spine surgery in which the spine is approached through the abdomen and the disc is removed and replaced by a metallic cage. 
    • Alternatives to fusion:
      • Artificial Disc Replacement — Removal of the painful disc and replacement with a prosthetic implant. AtlantiCare surgeons utilize the latest artificial disc replacements, including the Aesculap and ProDisc-L.
      • Coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization® — A device that keeps the spinal column stable after surgical decompression and helps uphold the normal foraminal height of the spine in the affected area. 
  • Cervical
    • Fusion surgeries: Surgery in which two or more bones in the spine are encouraged to grow together to form one bone and are held in place by screws and either a plate or rods during the growth period. Bone from the hip or from a bone bank may be used to bridge a gap between vertebrae and establish new bone growth.
    • Alternatives to fusion:
      • Microdiscectomy — Decompression surgery that expands or enlarges the passageway where the spinal nerve exits the spinal canal, and removes a herniated disc, relieving pain associated with a compressed nerve. A small incision is made on the back of the neck.
      • Foraminotomy/Laminotomy — Decompression surgery that entails removal of a small portion of the lamina and ligaments to relieve pressure in the vertebral canal along with expanding or enlarging the passageway where the spinal nerve exits the spinal canal, relieving pain associated with a compressed nerve. A small incision is made on the back of the neck.
      • Laminectomy — A surgery that has a long track record of success for relieving pressure on the spinal nerves. An incision is made down the middle of the neck and the back of the vertebrate is removed to enlarge the spinal canal.
      • Artificial disc replacement — Removal of the painful disc in the neck and replacement with a prosthetic implant. Our surgeons utilize the latest techniques, including the ProDisc, Bryan, Mobi-C, Secure C and M6. AtlantiCare is also the only center in New Jersey to participate in the study of a new, ceramic PEEK (a biocompatible polymer) disc replacement, a spine implant that is stronger than metals.

 

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