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Spine Surgery Options at Our Los Angeles Center

Banish back pain with miVIP's spinal surgery specialists

For patients who face daily neck and/or back pain, miVIP can help with successful, minimally invasive surgical procedures that match the quality of the finest hospitals in an outpatient setting. Our fully accredited spine/neurosurgical team and compassionate support staff has extensive experience with minimally invasive spinal surgeries. Compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery usually leads to significantly faster recovery times and less damage to surrounding tissue. Our surgeons and staff have completed extensive training in these effective spinal procedures. They are highly regarded and their peers recognize them as leaders in the minimally invasive spine surgery field. Our experts use innovative, but well-tested techniques to treat spinal and nerve problems that were traditionally extremely difficult to treat.

When our expert surgeons perform spinal surgeries, they use minimally invasive techniques that rely on intraoperative monitoring, including the use of our Nerve Monitoring System (NNM). Intraoperative means that the monitoring occurs throughout the procedure, from beginning to completion. The NNM system aids surgeons in locating, identifying and mapping specific individual nerves and branches, as well as to verify the function and integrity of various nerves.

If untreated, conditions affecting the head, neck and spine can be painful and dangerous. If the spinal cord is damaged, severe, long-term problems can arise. Therefore, it is crucial to diagnose and treat conditions as promptly as possible.

The common non-robotic spinal procedures our experts at miVIP perform include:

  • Cervical Fusion of two vertebral segments in the neck (cervical spine) to prevent painful motion.
  • Discectomy to remove a herniated disc or bone spurs to relieve pressure on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord. A cervical discectomy alleviates neck pain and/or arm pain, or a lack of coordination and numbness or weakness in the arms or fingers. A lumbar discectomy eliminates pain, weakness and/or numbness in the legs and/or feet, as well as bowel and/or bladder incontinence.
  • Foraminotomy removes bone to widen the opening and relieve pressure on nerves where nerve roots exit the spinal canal.
  • Laminectomy removes the part of the vertebral bone called the lamina.
  • Lumbar Fusion of two vertebral segments in the lower back (lumbar spine) to prevent painful motion.
  • Neuroplasty removes scar tissue to repair damaged nerves.

Conditions

Given the prevalence of nerves connected to the spine, a wide variety of conditions may lead to a recommendation of spinal surgery, including:

  • Herniated Disc: a bulging or broken disk between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine.
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome: a rare and serious disorder where the spinal root nerves are compressed, which can cause long-term damage such as incontinence or leg paralysis if not promptly treated.
  • Spinal Instability: abnormal movement between two vertebrae.
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: gradual disc degeneration which narrows the space between vertebrae and pinches nerve roots.
  • Spinal Tumor: growth of cells in or around the spine.
  • Vertebral Fracture: breakage of vertebrae caused by trauma.
  • Scoliosis: a deformity causing a curved spine.
  • Kyphosis (Scheuermann’s Disease or Roundback): over-curvature of the upper back vertebrae.
  • Spondylolisthesis: slippage of one vertebra onto the bone below it in the lower spine.
  • Spondylosis: degenerative osteoarthritis of spine joints.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: a long-term disease causing inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues.
  • Spinal Stenosis: narrowing of open spaces in the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Excessive scar tissue from inflammation or earlier spinal surgery fills the space between the spine and protective layer around the spinal cord.

Symptoms

When the spinal cord or surrounding tissues are damaged, there can be significant variation in symptoms. Symptoms may indicate anything in a range from a simple, common condition to a serious problem. Some of the common symptoms of spinal and neurological conditions include:

  • Sciatica: pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the buttocks, back or legs
  • Bowel problems
  • Bladder problems
  • Tingling
  • Loss of sensation and feeling
  • Painful joints
  • Swollen joints
  • Stiff joints
  • Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
  • A rib prominence
  • Prominent shoulder blade
  • Uneven hip, arm or leg lengths
  • Gait dysfunction
  • Balance problems
  • Shocks (paresthesia) in hands and legs
  • Thickening (nodularity) of the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Swollen, puffy appearance
  • Fatigue or a general feeling of illness (malaise)
  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

If you would like more information about miVIP Surgery Centers and the minimally invasive robotic surgery we offer for the full range of spinal conditions, please call 888-996-4847 or use our Contact Us form and one of our highly trained Patient Advocate staff will contact you at the time you indicate.

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