All Lumbar Surgery Articles

Confusion About Spinal Fusion

The purpose of fusion surgery is to realign a spinal deformity and/or stabilize a segment of the spine to prevent painful motion (or micro-motion).

Maintaining Your Back for Your Lifetime

Describes how to maintain a healthy back after having undergone a spinal surgery.

Recovery from Lumbar Fusion Surgery

An excellent overview of what to expect following surgery, including basic recovery instructions.

Preparing For Lumbar Fusion Surgery

This article will help you prepare for your lumbar surgery. Hints on how to prepare your home, what to expect before admission and after admission for your lumbar surgery.

Discharge Instructions for Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Collar care instructions for patients who have undergone lumbar fusions (anterior, posterior) . Printed with permission from Todd Albert, M.D. of the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

Surgery for Herniated Disc with Sciatica: Find the Right Surgeon, Ask the Right Questions

Assuming that surgery has been recommended for your lumbar herniated disc and sciatica, the first step in getting well and pain free is finding a surgeon who is a good fit for you.

Back Pain Treatment: Spine Surgery

Before having spine surgery, make sure you fully understand your back pain treatment options.

Coflex Device Shows ‘Similar to Superior’ Rates Compared to Fusion Surgery for Lumbar Stenosis

For moderate to severe lumbar stenosis, use of a motion-preserving stabilization device appears to be as effective as fusion when used in combination with decompression.

Laparoscopic Lumbar Spinal Techniques

Minimally invasive spine surgery may involve the use of endoscopes; devices that offer surgeons enhanced visualization capabilities that help to reduce complications, blood loss, and fusion disease.

Lumbar Laminectomy Animation

Watch this short video on lumbar laminectomy to better understand your spine surgery.

Lumbar Laminectomy

Lumbar laminectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat spinal stenosis, a degenerative condition in which the spinal canal becomes narrowed and creates pressure on the spinal cord.

Spinal Tap Animation

A spinal tap is a procedure done to look for infection, cancers, and bleeding in this area by taking a sample of the cerebrospinal fluid. This video animation explains why the procedure is useful and will reassure patients.

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Surgery Treats Low Back Pain

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a type of spine surgery performed to relieve pain and other symptoms caused by a problem in the low back.

Open Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) - An Introduction

If a patient with serious, long-term low back pain is not helped by nonoperative programs, a surgical procedure such as anterior lumbar interbody fusion might be considered.

Transforaminal Selective Endoscopic Discectomy: Recovery, Complications, Procedure and Contraindications

An explanation of why selective endoscopic discectomy works as well as possible complications and contraindications.
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