Is your back giving you a hard time? Does the pain make it almost impossible to perform simple, everyday activities like walking or getting into a car? If the pain in your back is intense and is a regular occurrence, it’s high time you see a Palm Beach County orthopedic specialist about it. Why suffer in pain? Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute is a practice known for its exceptional orthopedic surgeons, including spinal specialists, such as G. Clay Baynham M.D. Dr. Baynham’s practice focuses on the treatment of adult spinal problems, utilizing the most current microsurgical, laser, laparoscopic and spinal instrumentation techniques. In this article, we will describe 3 common types of spinal surgery. They include:
1. Spinal fusion
Spinal fusion is a procedure during which the Palm Beach County Orthopedic Specialist joins (fuses) two or more vertebrae in the low back. Thanks to that, the motion between the vertebrae is limited, therefore the nerves don’t stretch as much as they used to. After the surgery, the patient’s mobility doesn’t change but the pain in the back lessens significantly. To fuse the vertebrae, the doctor can either use a bone taken from patient’s pelvis, or alternatively metal implants. The implant will hold the vertebrae together.
Pain in the back is commonly caused by pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. For patients with arthritis, it is common that bony overgrowths within the spinal canal create pressure and – subsequently – pain. In such cases, a laminectomy, or ‘decompression surgery’ can help relieve the pain by removing lamina. It is the back part of the vertebrae covering the spinal canal. After the bone is removed, it is possible for the spinal cord to weaken, therefore, the Palm Beach County Orthopedic Specialist may recommend the patient undergoes spinal fusion. In fact, those two procedures are commonly performed together1.
If your Palm Beach County Orthopedic Specialist recommends foraminotomy, it means that the pain in your back is caused by pressure put on nerves by intervertebral foramina, the passages through the bones of the vertebrae of the spine that pass nerve bundles to the body from the spinal cord2. During the procedure, the doctor removes bone at the sides of the vertebrae. As a result, the space where nerves exit the spine widens and provides extra room that lessens the pressure on the nerves. Similarly to laminectomy, your doctor may also recommend spinal fusion to strengthen the spinal cord.
If you are interested in finding out more about spinal procedures performed at Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute, make sure to contact us. Have a look at our website or give us a call – we are more than happy to help you. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
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