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
percutaneous lumbar discectomy (PLD):
The removal of bulging disc material percutaneously through a large bore needle inserted into the disc space. The disc material is removed using laser, cutting, sucking or laser appliances. Also known as percutaneous microdiscectomy.
PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate):
A synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate. This transparent thermoplastic was developed in 1928 and is used in a number of different applications, including as a glass substitute, for daylight redirection, artistic and aesthetic purposes, and also in medical applications.
A term that is defined as nearer to the end or further back. Derived from the Latin "post," meaning "after," posterior is often used in an anatomical setting to describe things that are situated toward the rear end or toward the back plane of the body.
posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF):
A spinal surgical procedure in which a bone graft and/or spinal implant is inserted into the disc space in order to achieve spinal fusion. This fusion provides stabilization, thereby potentially ending painful symptoms resulting from a spinal condition.
PRN (pro re nata):
In Latin, means "in the circumstances." As used in a medical field, it means "as needed," as in reference to the dosage of a prescribed medication.
(variation: pseudoarthrosis) Derived from the Greek "pseud," meaning "false," and "arthrosis," meaning "joint." It describes a condition in which a bone has movement at the location of a fracture due to the inadequate healing of the fracture.
PT (Physical Therapist):
A trained medical professional who treats people of all ages with medical problems, conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their capacity for movement and ability to perform activities necessary in their daily lives.
PVA (percutaneous vertebral augmentation):
Percutaneous vertebral augmentation. A procedure that helps restabilize collapsed vertebral bodies by injection of material into the collapsed area. Includes vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
A nerve that has become constricted by surrounding tissue.
occurs When the soft jelly-like material that comprises the center of a disc pushes through the fibrous shell and into the spinal column. Also known as a herniated or ruptured disc.
A colloquial term for nerve compression, often associated with degenerative conditions such as spinal arthritis and degenerative disc disease; can occur at any level of the spine, but is most common in the lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) regions; produces localized pain, radiating pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness.
The medical field focused on developing, maintaining, and restoring maximum movement and functional ability for an individual whose quality of life and abilities in these areas are threatened by age, injury, disease, or environment.
The innermost layer of the meninges, which is the system of membranes that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. As a group, the meninges protect the central nervous system by containing cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the spine.
A form of spinal fusion surgery performed from the back, this procedure is designed to increase spinal stability in patients suffering from degenerative spine conditions.
In a general sense, the habitually assumed or intentionally assumed position of the human body.
posterior longitudinal ligament:
A ligament situated in the spinal canal that begins in the axis and culminates in the sacrum. This ligament runs behind the spinal cord and limits flexion in the spine.
Also known as spondylolysis, a pars fracture is an injury to the pars interarticularis in the posterior section of the spinal column. This stress fracture is extremely common in young athletes and is commonly caused by overexertion and repetitive motions.
Loss of muscle function due to an interruption of sensory and motor signals between the brain and the spinal cord. Paralysis is usually caused by a stroke or nerve damage of some kind.
pregnancy and back pain:
Back pain can be common in pregnant women due to the increased amount of weight that is putting pressure on the lumbar spine (lower back). Many pregnant women have also reported feeling pain in their posterior pelvis area, deep in the buttocks, and in the backs of the thighs.
A means for evaluating exterior abnormalities and other symptoms that may indicate whether a patient is afflicted with a certain medical condition.
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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