Find lasting relief from chronic neck or back pain without the need for invasive spine surgeries that require long recovery periods. At the Spine Institute Northwest, we want you to get back to living a full life as quickly as possible with little or no pain to worry about. Minimally invasive surgical techniques in spine surgery are a modern, welcome alternative to traditional open-back surgery procedures for many patients today.
Minimally invasive decompression surgery can be useful for treating back, neck, and leg pain, in addition to other symptoms that are caused by a compressed nerve along the spinal cord. This type of surgery is done to relieve the pain that is caused by a bone spur, herniated disc or other material that is pressing on a nearby spinal nerve. Some common types of minimally invasive decompression procedures include those performed on the lower back (lumbar) and the neck (cervical).
Dr. Solomon Kamson helps relieve patients’ back pain that is caused by nerve root or spinal cord compression in the cervical spine with an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) surgical technique that is minimally invasive. This procedure, performed at the Spine Institute Northwest, requires only a tiny incision, which results in quick recovery times for patients. ACDF is a two-part surgery: first a decompression procedure is performed, followed by fusion. Dr. Kamson makes a small incision in the neck, allowing him to remove the damaged disc, if this is the issue causing the nerve compression. Any other material or tissue that is pressing on the nerve is also removed to lessen pressure and make space for a fusion. The next step is the fusion procedure to ensure neck and vertebrae stability. Using a bone graft and cage implant, Dr. Kamson fuses the disc in the space that was left upon the damaged disc’s removal. A solid fusion is accomplished using a plate and screws to enable the cervical spine to support itself. The ACDF procedure lets patients return home within just one day in most cases. You will require a neck brace to be worn for a while in order to ensure your fusion becomes permanent. Dr. Kamson understands that you will not be free of pain right after this procedure, so pain medications will be prescribed upon your discharge, along with follow-up from the surgical team during your recovery.
With minimally invasive decompression procedures such as ACDF, the risks and likely complications are greatly lessened as compared with traditional open-back surgery. Here at the Spine Institute Northwest, our infection rate is presently zero. The possible risks, however, will be explained to you, which can include infection, nerve damage, unsuccessful graft, or lingering pain.
Find out more about ACDF and other minimally invasive decompression procedures provided by Dr. Solomon Kamson by calling our offices at the Spine Institute Northwest for a free consultation. Call us today at (206) 496-0630 and get back your life.