Advanced spine surgery techniques
At Riverview Regional Medical Center we offer the latest approaches to
treat back pain and injuries. Our specialized team of health care professionals
uses the latest technology for diagnosis and treatment for spine disorders,
including the most advanced small-incision spine surgery procedures available.
Our doctors provide expert care for everything from whiplash and spinal
trauma to herniated discs, synovial cysts, osteoporosis and more. We offer
a full range of minimally invasive options that involve just one or two
small incisions – less than two centimeters each – in the
neck, chest or back. Smaller incisions result in less pain and scarring,
a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery. We offer advanced treatments such as:
Balloon kyphoplasty – Used to repair fractures caused by osteoporosis or cancer, balloon
kyphoplasty acts as an internal cast that provides rapid relief from back
pain and improves spinal alignment. In this procedure, the surgeon inflates
a small balloon within the fractured vertebra and inserts bone cement
to restore the original size and shape of the vertebrae.
Lumbar disc microsurgery – This procedure is used to treat herniated discs of the lower back.
A herniated disc is a condition in which the disc’s inner, jelly-like
material of pushes through the outer layer of cartilage, which puts pressure
on the spinal cord and causes pain. In this procedure, the surgeon makes
a small incision above the damaged disc to remove the damaged portion,
leaving healthy tissue intact. As the area heals, the spinal cord returns
to its normal position, alleviating the pain and pressure.
Minimally invasive spinal fusion – For patients with severe degenerative disc disease, spinal instability
or deformity, minimally invasive fusion can offer less pain and a quicker
recovery than traditional surgery. In this procedure, the damaged disc
is removed and a spacer is placed between the vertebrae to help restore
alignment and relieve pain. Small pins and rods are inserted to provide
stability while the bone heals. Rather than harvesting bone from the patient’s
pelvic bone, which can be a significant source of post-operative pain,
this technique uses bone graft substitutes (osteobiologics) to enhance healing.
Our surgeons utilize minimally invasive options whenever possible, but
when traditional techniques offer the best solution, our specialists have
the training and expertise to perform even the most complex procedures,
including spinal reconstructive surgery, revision surgery (to correct
previous operations), and surgery to correct curvature of the spine (scoliosis).
Non-surgical spine care options
Riverview Regional Medical Center also offers non-surgical solutions to
treat back and neck pain. We offer spinal injections and other therapies,
including physical therapy, to alleviate pain and swelling. Our rehabilitation
specialists are well equipped to deliver a full range of physical therapy
treatments, including preventive and post-surgery recovery programs. Our
specialized care team offers a wide range of primary and complementary
non-surgical treatments to meet each individual’s needs.