What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Spine Institute Northwest performs minimally invasive endoscopically assisted spine surgeries, which benefit patients in several important ways:
- Faster recovery with less postoperative pain
- Same day, outpatient procedures
- Smaller incisions with minimal bleeding
The doctors at the Spine Institute Northwest specialize in the following types of endoscopic surgery:
ENDOSCOPICALLY ASSISTED SPINAL DECOMPRESSION
This procedure helps to treat stenosis of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine regions. Stenosis is a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, causing numbness, weakness, or pain in the arms or legs. Learn more
LUMBAR INTERBODY FUSION AND FACET FIXATION
Facet joints of the spine and intervertebral disc can become worn, causing low back pain, numbness, and weakness. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive endoscopic facet fixation and interbody fusion by joining facet joints together to relieve the pain caused by the movement of these joints. If needed, an interbody implant is inserted to expand the disc space, alleviating compression of the spinal cord and adjacent nerves. Learn More
ENDOSCOPICALLY ASSISTED NERVE EXCISION
Endoscopically assisted nerve excision targets pain-causing nerves in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions that have been impacted by damaged or worn facet joints. This minimally invasive surgical technique “interrupts” the pain signals of the affected nerves without impacting motor functions. Learn More
ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND FUSION (ACDF)
ACDF surgery treats nerve root or spinal cord compression in the cervical spine that may cause pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. The procedure is performed via a small incision in the front of the neck to ‘decompress’, removing degenerative disc and associated tissue that are pressing on the spinal nerves and the spinal cord. This is followed by inserting an interbody implant and plate to stabilize the corresponding vertebrae. Learn More
Vertebral Body Augmentation: VERTEBROPLASTY, KYPHOPLASTY
These minimally invasive spine surgery procedures treat vertebral compression fractures of the spine, which are often caused by osteoporosis or acute injury. Quick hardening, medical-grade acrylic cement can be injected into the vertebra at the site of the fracture, sealing it and stabilizing the cracked vertebra. Learn More
For those suffering from lumbar stenosis who are concerned about possible loss of mobility from fusion surgery, an interlamina implant offers another option. Following a decompression procedure, this small, flexible titanium implant can be inserted in the back of the spine in between spinous processes and the lamina to hold open the space around the nerves and stabilize the spine. Learn More
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