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Treatments & Procedures

Thanks to revolutionary advances in treatments and technology, the outlook for people suffering from back problems is brighter than ever. The Texas Spine Institute is pushing this progress by adapting the latest methods in patient evaluation, treatment and recovery.

Many of our patients come to us with back pain that may or may not radiate to extremities. Every patient is different and we craft care plans to fit each individual's unique needs.

Here is a summary of some of our specialties:

Minimally Invasive Surgery: Minimally Invasive Surgery is a technique employed by the surgeon that allows procedures to be done through much smaller incisions than traditional surgical techniques. Patients can experience more rapid recovery and rehabilitation as a result.

Percutaneous Lumbar Discectomy: A non-surgical procedure often used to effectively treat lumbar disk herniation. It involves removal of the bulging disc material through the skin (percutaneously) using a needle inserted into the disc space.

Discectomy: This surgery removes part of herniated disc that is pressing on and irritating nerves, which causes pain and weakness. This may be done as an open procedure, with a microscope or with a minimally invasive method.

Cervical Laminectomy: This surgical procedure removes the shingle-like portions of a vertebra to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots.

Laminotomy: This surgical procedure removes a small bony portion of shingle-like elements (lamina) that protect the neural canal to relieve pressure on the nerve roots.

Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty: This procedure repairs osteoporosis or compression fractures. Cement-like material is injected into the space created by a balloon in the fractured bone.

Lumbar Fusion: This surgical procedure eliminates movement over painful or unstable spinal segments. Spinal fusion is often used to treat degenerative disc disease but is also used to treat scoliosis, kyphosis, fractures and tumors. Bone is grafted across a section of the spine where it grows together fusing the area.

Spinal Fusion: This surgery is recommended in the most severe degenerative back conditions and involves joining the bones together with screws or bone grafts to provide stability. The surgery can be done using one of two methods. With one method, the bone is removed from elsewhere in the body or obtained from a bone bank. This bone is used to create a bridge between vertebrae and stimulate the growth of new bone. The other method uses metal implants to secure the vertebrae together until new bone grows between them.