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  Anterior Cervical Discectomy
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
AxiaLIF - Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
BAK Fusion Cages
Bone Stimulators
Cervical Laminoplasty
Complex Spinal Reconstruction
Decompression
Discectomy
Duraplasty
Endoscopic Correction of Scoliosis
Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Foraminotomy
Fusion (or Spinal Fusion)
Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)
Kyphoplasty
Laminotomy
Laminoplasty
Laparoscopic Fusion
Lumbar Artifical Disc Replacement
Lumbar Laminectomy (Open Decompression)
Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Microdecompression
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Multilevel Minimally Invasive Screws
NeoDisc Cervical Disc Replacement
PCM Artificial Disc
Posterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy (Microscopic)
Posterior Cervical Instrumentation
Posterior Dynamic Stabilization (Dynesys)
Posterior Fossa Decompression
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
Rhizotomy
Scoliosis Instrumentation
Spinal Cord Tumor Excision
Spine Stimulator (Internal)
Spine Surgery Instrumentation
Stabilimax NZ Dynamic Spine Stabilization System
Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Vertebroplasty
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
X-STOP® IPD® Procedure
XLIF - eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
DLIF - Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion

 

Spine Surgery Instrumentation

For spine operations to be successful, solid healing of bone across the spine must be achieved. The use of metal devices, also called instrumentation (screws, rods, plates, cables, and wires) can help correct a deformed spine and will also increase the probability of obtaining a solid spinal fusion. Spinal instrumentation can be placed in the front or in the back portion of the spine. The devices are usually made of metal, commonly stainless steel or titanium. Specific tools are used to carefully prepare the bone in such a way to secure the implants (screw, rod, wire, cable or other). A bone graft in the area of the fusion gradually solidifies over several months. The spinal instrumentation is gradually covered by scar tissue and sometimes bone produced by the body. Two(2) such instrumentation devices are:

Pedicle Screws - The pedicle screw provides a means of gripping a spinal segment. During surgery, the screws are placed at two or three consecutive spine segments and then connected by a short rod. The screws and rod help prevent motion at the segments that are being fused. After the bone graft grows, the screws and rods are no longer need for stability and may be safely removed with a subsequent surgery. Most surgeons, however, prefer not to remove the pedicle screws unless the patient is experiencing discomfort. This occurs in only 5% to 10% of all cases.

Anterior Interbody Cages - Anterior interbody cages are titanium cylinders that are placed in the disc space during fusion surgery. The cages are porous and allow the bone graft to grow from the vertebral body through the cage and into the next vertebral body. The cages offer excellent fixation, so most patients do not need additional instrumentation such as pedicle screws or post-operative back braces (link to Back Braces) for support. back braces for support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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