Spine surgery can help relieve back pain and numbness, or weakness in your arms or legs. However, it is not the first approach your care team will turn to.
Often caregivers will try other treatments that can help. This may include:
If other treatments fail, it may be time for surgery. At Enloe Medical Center, our trusted neurosurgeons perform a variety of spine surgeries using the latest technology. Others have taken note.
Blue Shield of California named Enloe Medical Center a Blue Distinction Center in Spine Surgery. Medical facilities earn this distinction by demonstrating expertise in specialty care. Patients can trust that these providers have commitments to patient safety and cost-efficiency. Learn more about the spine surgeries we offer below.
During this procedure, your surgeon will join together, or fuse, some of the bones in your spine. This limits the movement of these bones, which may help relieve your pain. You may also feel more flexible after a fusion because you can move with less pain.
Decompressive Lumbar Laminectomy
During this procedure, your care team will remove the part of your vertebra called the lamina. This takes pressure off nerves in the low back and helps reduce symptoms.
Microscopic/Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
During this surgery, your care team will remove herniated disc material that is pressing on your nerve root or spinal cord.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
During this procedure, your surgeon will make a horizontal or vertical incision on either side of your neck. Then he or she will remove part of a damaged disk and join two or more vertebrae together.
Cervical Laminectomy for Spinal Stenosis
During this procedure, your care team will remove the lamina and spinous process. This provides more space for your spinal cord and nerve roots.
Carpal Tunnel Decompression
During this procedure, your care team will open the transverse carpal ligament. This relieves pressure on the median nerve.
Ulnar Nerve Decompression
During this procedure, your care team will make a small incision, releasing all points of nerve compression.
Dorsal Column Stimulator
During this procedure, your care team will put in an electronic device to help treat your chronic pain.
Treatment of Traumatic Spinal Injury
If you suffer a traumatic spinal injury, your care team may perform surgery to stabilize your spine with screws, metal plates and other devices. The goal is to preserve or return neurologic function.
Removal of Spinal Cord Tumors
Depending on your type of spinal tumor and where it’s located, your care team may remove part or all of your tumor during these procedures.
Talk to your provider about your options. If you do need surgery, Enloe offers an array of services to help you recover, including: