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Frequently Asked Questions

The spine is a complex set of structures and there may be multiple underlying causes for back pain, leg pain, or other symptoms. These include but are not limited to:

  • The back muscles are working “overtime” to compensate for spinal alignment problems.

  • The spinal segment is unstable.

  • Arthritis of the facet joints.

A pinched nerve can be caused by pressure from a bone spur, or by a herniated or bulging disc. Because spinal nerves carry signals to the lower extremities, a pinched nerve can be painful all along its path.

Your history, physical examination and images such as plain films, MRI, and CT scans provide valuable information to yourphysician regarding the root cause of your symptoms.

Spinal fusion is a stabilization technique designed to address symptoms associated with spinal instability.

Minimally invasive surgery is a surgery minimizing surgical incisions to reduce trauma to the body.

Patient Information

The Lumbar Spine

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.

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Degenerative Conditions

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.

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Non-Surgical Treatments

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. 

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Surgical Treatments

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: 

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Spinal Fusion

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.

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Neural Decompression

Once the spinal canal is visible, the surgeon can remove the bone, ligament, and/or disc material which is compressing the dura and nerve roots. Providing additional space for these structures is the main goal of the decompression. Removal of a herniated disc or bulging disc may be referred to as “Discectomy”.

Laminotomy

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.

Less-Invasive Fusion Devices

As surgeons look for less invasive techniques to perform spine surgery, several new implant options have been introduced.

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"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."

JOHn malloy | D.O.

"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."

Faheem sandhu | m.d.

"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."

dhruv pateder | m.d.

"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."

Chris chaput | m.d.

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