Stabilization Procedures

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery aims to restore stability to the spine. Instability is commonly caused by a severely collapsed disc or discs, degenerative discs, spondylolisthesis (a disorder in which a vertebra slips forward onto the vertebra below), and more. The fusion surgeries are similar in goal—to remove damaged disc tissue and replace with a spacer to fuse the bones together—but differ in the approach (incision on the back, side, or abdomen) and whether or not specialized hardware is used to reinforce stability. We also perform artificial disc replacement, in which a cervical disc is replaced with a synthetic disc, and to preserve mobility, and the vertebrae are not fused together, to preserve mobility.

• Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
• Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
• Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
• Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
• Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
• Cervical Disc Replacement (CDR)

Procedure Spotlight: Cervical Disc Replacement (CDR)

In some cases, a combination of the decompression and stabilization procedures above may be performed.

“The second week after surgery, I went to the mall and walked around with a friend. The fourth week after surgery, I was throwing out the garbage, climbing stairs and going to the grocery store by myself—pain free. On August 29, 2016, I returned to my former employer and am once again gainfully employed. My back is 100% pain free!”

—Mary K., Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

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