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320 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 308
Encinitas, CA 92024


Telephone: 760-230-5188

760-230-5188

Our Surgical Services

Our board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeons focus their practice on the care of patients with neck and back problems. Our most commonly performed procedures include the following:

Microdiscectomy

Microdiscectomy is aslo known as microdecompression spine surgery. Microdiscectomy is typically performed to relieve leg pain cause by a herniated disc compressing nerves in the lower back.

In this surgical procedure, a small portion of bone and or disc material near the affected nerve is removed to allow the nerve to heal.

Learn more about Microdiscectomy from Spine-health.com.

 

Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion

When one of your cervical discs herniates (moves out of place), the soft gel inside pushes through the wall of the disc. The disk may then place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that are coming out of your cervical spinal column.

In many cases, the surgeon performs the surgery entering from the front of the neck. In order to stabilize the cervical segment, a disc fusion surgery is almost always performed at the same time as the discectomy. The two procedures combined are known as Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion.

Learn more about Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion from Spine-health.com.

 

Laminectomy with & without Fusion

The lamina is the part of the vertebrae that surrounds the spinal column and nerves. Laminectomy is surgery to remove the lamina. Laminectomy may also be done to remove bone spurs in your spine. The procedure can take pressure off your spinal nerves or spinal cord. Laminectomy is often performed to treat spinal stenosis.

The procedure removes bones and damaged disks, and makes more room for your spinal nerve and column. To make sure your spinal column is stable after surgery, your surgeon may perform a spinal fusion to permanently join two or more vertebrae together so there is no movement between them.

Learn more about Laminectomy from the Spine-health.com.

 

Total Disc Replacement: Cervical & Lumbar

Between the vertebra of the spine is a soft cusioning structure called the disc which is made of cartilage-like tissue. The disc is flexible enough to allow the spine to bend and carry load.

When a disc is no longer flexible, it may need to be removed and replaced with an artificial disc. Once the inflexible disc is removed in the process of decompressing the spinal cord or a nerve root, the artficial disc is inserted between two vertebra.

This procedure is referred to as Cervical disc replacement when performed on the vertebra in the neck and Lumbar Disc Replacement when performed on the vertebra in the back.

Learn more about Cervical Disc Replacement from Spine-health.com.

Learn more about Lumbar Disc Replacement from Spine-health.com.

 

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Typically spine surgery performed with the area being operated on is opened with a long incision. Recently, advances in technology have allowed more neck and back procedures to be performed with a minimally invasive surgical technique.

Because minimally invasive spine surgery avoids a long incision, muscles surrounding the spine may suffer less damage resulting in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery.

Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

 

Anterior and Lateral Lumbar Fusion

Anterior and Lateral Lumbar Fusion is performed for lower back pain for degenerative spine conditions. Anterior Lumbar Fusion surgery is performed from the front of the body while Lateral Lumbar Fusion is perfromed from the side of the body.

Spinal fusion can be compared to a welding process. Painful vertebrae can be fused together to heal into a more stable, solid bone.

Learn more about Lumbar Fusion from Spine-health.com.

 

Posterior Cervical Laminectomy

The neck portion of the spine is known as the cervical spine. When the narrowing of the space for the cervical spinal cord occurs, it is known as "stenoisis". Stenosis is a progressive condition that is more common in older patients.

Cervical stenosis can be treated with posterior cervical laminectomy when most of the compression is occurring on the back (posterior). The goal of a posterior cervical laminectomy is to remove the lamina (part of the vertebrae that surrounds the spinal column and nerves) to give the spinal cord more room.

Learn more about Posterior Cervical Laminectomy from Spine-health.com.

 

Posterior Cervical Discectomy

When one of your cervical discs herniates (moves out of place), the soft gel inside pushes through the wall of the disc. The disk may then place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that are coming out of your cervical spinal column.

Posterior Cervical Discectomy is performed when large, soft herniated discs are to the side of the spinal cord. The surgeon performs the surgery entering from the back of the neck.

Learn more about Posterior Cervical Discectomy from Spine-health.com.

 

Adult Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Your spine is your backbone. It runs straight down your back. Everyone’s spine naturally curves a bit. But people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. The spine might look like the letter C or S.

You may need surgery if the spine curve is severe or getting worse very quickly. Scoliosis surgery involves correcting the curve as much as possible. The spine bones are held in place with one or two metal rods. The rods are held down with hooks and screws until the bone heals together. Surgery may be done with a cut through the back, belly area, or beneath the ribs.

After surgery, you may need to wear a brace for a while to keep the spine still.

Learn more about Scoliosis from the US National Library of Medicine.

 

Failed Spinal Surgery

Sometimes, patients undergo spine surgery to relieve pain, yet the pain persists after back surgery. There are a variety of reasons a surgery may not relieve pain but the most common reason for failed back surgery is that the lesion operated on is not the cause of the patient's pain.

There are both surgical and non-surgical approaches to dealing with Failed Spinal Surgery, and your surgeon will be happy to discuss the options with you.

Learn more about Failed Spinal Surgery from Spine-health.com.