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Information About Spine Surgical Procedures

Treatment for some spine conditions may involve surgery. This information focuses on common spine surgeries.

Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome is an emergency situation where the nerves in the lower spine are compressed and not working properly. Patients with cauda equina syndrome may require emergency surgery for treatment.

Spine Fusion
A spine fusion is a surgery that is performed to link together segments of the spinal column. These segments, or vertebrae, are individual bones that stacked together become the backbone. In spine fusion surgery, the vertebrae are linked together, or fused, so that motion cannot occur between the individual vertebrae.

Lumbar Disc Replacement
Lumbar disc replacement surgery is atreatment optionfor some types of low back pain. Not yet approved in the United States, lumbar disc replacement research is most active in Europe.

IDET - Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy
IDET, or Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy, is a procedure that is being done to treat discogenic back pain. IDET uses a probe inserted into the disc to heat the tissues within the affected disc.

Dynamic Stabilization - An Alternative to Lumber Fusion Surgery
Dynamic stabilization is a type of surgical procedure used to stabilize the lumbar spine in individuals with chronic low back pain. Dynamic stabilization is an alternative to lumbar fusion surgery. One type of dynamic stabilization commonly used is called Dynesys.

Spine Surgery
Spine surgery is not usually needed in the treatment of back pain, but for patients who can't find relief any other way, back surgery may become necessary. Learn about the different types of spine surgery and what problems these are used to treat.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery uses techniques to address common spine conditions with surgical techniques that limit the size of the incision. By limiting incision size, the hope is that recovery will be faster, pain will be less and results will be good.

Cervical Fusion Surgery
Cervical fusion is a type of spine surgery performed in the neck. Cervical fusion is performed to link together adjacent segments of the cervical spine.

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