There are many spinal conditions that are treated at Laser Spine Institute. All procedures are uniquely designed and developed to provide patients with the best possible medical care.Endoscopic Procedure Overview
Pain that is sudden in nature; categorized as lasting three months or less. Generally caused by an illness or injury, such as a broken bone or cut, that will naturally heal on its own once the underlying cause of the pain has been treated.
A tissue graft used during surgery that is taken from someone other than the patient being operated on, usually from a cadaver or a bone bank. Spinal fusion surgeries often use allografts to stimulate bone growth so that fusion can take place.
The cartilaginous outer wall of an intervertebral disc; contains the inner gel-like fluid of the disc’s nucleus, called the nucleus pulposus. Over time, the annulus fibrosus can degenerate and become prone to tearing.
A term used to describe the front plane of the body. One of several anatomical terms of location, including posterior, dorsal, ventral, lateral, medial, proximal, and distal.
anterior interbody fusion (AIF):
A spine surgery that is aimed at fusing two vertebral bodies into one solid segment of bone. An anterior fusion accesses the spine through the front of the body, usually with a large incision in the abdomen.
anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF):
A spine surgery that fuses two or more lumbar vertebrae together into a solid segment of bone. The fusion takes place between anterior vertebral bodies, meaning the posterior vertebral arch and spinous process is not fused.
Commonly used term that describes a disorder that causes inflammation and pain of the joints. Inflammation of a joint.
arthroscopic microdiscectomy (AMD):
A minimally invasive procedure that utilizes an arthroscope, which is a type of endoscope, to gain access to the interior of a spinal facet joint or an intervertebral disc that is causing neural compression. Arthroscopy uses a very small incision and does not require cutting of muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
artificial disc replacement (ADR):
Also referred to as disc arthroplasty, ADR is a procedure that removes a degenerated intervertebral disc and replaces it with a prosthetic disc. The prosthetic can be made of hydrogel, polyethylene, rubber, titanium, or cobalt chromium.
A tissue or bone graft used during surgery where the graft is taken from another region of the patient’s body. In the case of an autograft for spinal fusion surgery, the bone is usually taken from the patient’s pelvic bone.
This condition refers to a rip or tear in the annulus fibrosus (tough exterior) of an intervertebral disc.
anterior posterior fusion:
A type of spinal surgery that permanently connects two or more vertebrae; this surgery also may involve the partial or total removal of one or more intervertebral discs
The middle layer of a three-layer membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord; the arachnoid mater is sandwiched by the dura mater on the outside and the pia mater on the inside.
Individual spine conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with endoscopic spine surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. Some patients may require an experience that exceeds five days and others may require as few as four days. Patients may be required to rest 48 hours post-surgery. These procedures are reserved for those patients medically cleared and scheduled for endoscopic treatment. Paid spokesperson(s) for Laser Spine Institute results may not be typical. Laser Spine Institute requires each surgeon to complete an extensive Laser Spine Institute training program. MRI reviews are preliminary, and some patients' individual medical conditions may require additional testing that Laser Spine Institute will facilitate through a third-party service provider. Diagnostic procedures in Philadelphia, Houston and Oklahoma City are facilitated by Laser Spine Institute through a third-party provider.
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