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The lower back or lumbar spine is made up of five bones, called vertebrae. In between each vertebra is a softer structure, known as a disc. The discs are spongy and act as shock absorbers as we move, bend and twist.
As we age, our bodies experience wear and tear. The spinal discs lose water content and may begin to lose their ability to act as a shock absorber between the lumbar vertebrae. This naturally occurring cascade is known as Degenerative Disc Disease or DDD.
In the vast majority of cases, non-surgical treatments are effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of DDD. These may include rest, heat, massage, or physical therapy.
If your symptoms have not been responsive to the above therapies, or if they worsen, your doctor may recommend spine surgery. As with non-surgical treatments, there are many alternative surgical options available. These include but are not limited to:
If the spinal segment is unstable or if your surgeon is concerned that it may become unstable due to the decompression, a spinal fusion may be recommended.
Depending upon the root cause of your symptoms, the spinal surgeon will decompress or widen the areas in your spine which are pressing upon the neural structures. This may include laminotomy or the removal of a portion of the laminar arch which covers the spinal canal.
As surgeons look for less invasive techniques to perform spine surgery, several new implant options have been introduced.
"As a minimally invasive surgeon, I am excited about the ability to perform MIS procedures while remaining in the midline. The ability to target MIS screws with a simple tool that reduces radiation is particularly appealing to me."
"LinkSPINE provides novel, low profile and robust fixation that may truly minimize damage/disruption of the adjacent facet joints. There are many options with this one system, and it is the only cannulated MIS cortical screw on the market."
"The Midline Choice platform offers several "no rod" options, providing a unique solution to patients who are concerned about pedicle screws and rods. TargetLINK is the first system I've seen which allows for MIS screw targeting without significant capital expenditure and OR real estate."
"I have tracked patient outcomes in my practice with a variety of different techniques, and I am impressed with LinkSPINE's ability to deliver MIS outcomes with less need for radiation, a much shorter learning curve and shorter OR time. The continuum of options allows the surgeon to match the amount of stabilization to the complexity of the patient's problem."
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