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Surgical Procedures

Posterior Lumbar Decompression

Posterior Lumbar Decompression is a surgical procedure that utilizes a posterior approach to relieve pressure from inside the spinal canal in the lower back. Pressure build-up caused by spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) can occur at multiple levels of the spine.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Posterior lumbar interbody fusion, commonly referred as PLIF, utilizes a posterior approach to fuse the lumbar spine using an interbody fusion technique. Interbody fusion means the intervertebral disc is removed and replaced with a bone spacer known as bone graft.

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

The anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is similar to the posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), except that in the ALIF, the disc space is fused by approaching the spine through the abdomen instead of through the lower back. A 3-5 inch incision is made on the left side of the abdomen.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, commonly referred as ACDF, utilizes an anterior approach to decompress from the spinal cord, and the exiting nerve roots at the levels that are compromised. The vertebral bodies are fused together using an interbody technique.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area.


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