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Conditions

Conditions that can be responsible for spinal pain

  • Herniated Disc
  • Annular tears
  • Degeneration of the Disc with Internal Disc Disruption
  • Arthritis/Arthrosis resulting in narrowing of the Spinal Canal
  • Arthritis/Arthrosis of the Facets resulting in Facet Pain and/or Narrowing of The Foramina where the Nerve Roots exit
  • Bony Spurs pressing on Nerves
  • Scar tissue Formation usually from previous surgery
  • Sciatica as a result of pressure on nerves either inside or outside of the spinal canal

Minimally invasive spine procedures

Minimally invasive spine procedures typically come in the following general types:

  • Laser Endoscopic Decompressive Spine Procedures
  • Laser Endoscopic Debridement Spine Procedures
  • Percutaneous Laser Decompressive Spine Procedures
  • Laser Assisted Fusion Procedures
  • Injection Procedures
  • Balloon Kyphoplasty

Laser Endoscopic decompressive spine procedures

The following conditions can be managed using this technique:

  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Scar Resection
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spur Removal
  • Removal of thickened Ligaments (Ligamentum Flavum)

Laser Endoscopic debridement spine procedures

  • Facet Debridement and Rhizotomy

Percutaneous laser decompressive spine procedures

The following conditions are amenable to this technique:

  • Discogenic low back pain
  • Annular tears
  • Herniated Disc
  • Bulging Disc
  • Protruding Disc

Laser assisted fusion procedures

In some circumstances it is possible to perform certain types of fusion procedures using these techniques. It is in the carefully selected patient that this is appropriate.

Injection procedures

Injection procedures may be used on occasion to attempt to repair and/or augment the intervertebral disc.

Balloon kyphoplasty

Balloon Kyphoplasty is a well-recognized and effective percutaneous procedure to treat vertebral fractures as a result of osteoporosis. In this procedure a balloon is inserted via a needle placed through the pedicle and the fracture partially reduced and bone cement injected to fill the space. The relief is typically immediate and patients are free to resume their normal activities.