Back Surgery Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

Back pain is a common problem, and when conservative measures fail to improve your symptoms, you might need back surgery. The skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, with offices in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, specializes in back surgery and uses the most advanced, minimally invasive procedures when possible to alleviate your back and treat your spinal disorder. For a consultation, call your nearest office or click the online booking button today.

Back Surgery Q & A

What is back surgery?

Back surgery refers to any surgical procedure that involves the components that make up your back, including your spine. 

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine includes surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive procedures using the most advanced and innovative techniques to treat spinal disorders. 

What are common back surgeries?

The team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine regularly performs a wide range of back surgeries, including:

Decompression

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine may recommend decompression surgery as a treatment for spinal stenosis, herniated disc, sciatica, or spinal injuries. 

During your decompression, your surgeon may remove a section of your vertebrae and/or a damaged disc to relieve pressure on a nerve. They may also fuse two vertebrae together during a decompression, which is referred to as spinal fusion.

Discectomy

You may need a discectomy if you have a herniated disc. During the procedure, your surgeon removes the portion of the disc pressing on your nerve to alleviate your symptoms. 

Laminectomy

If you suffer from spinal stenosis, which is when your spinal canal narrows and causes impingement of your nerve, you may benefit from a laminectomy. During the procedure, your surgeon removes a portion of your lamina, which serves as the roof of your vertebrae, to enlarge your spinal canal and relieve nerve pressure.

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)

ALIF is a surgical procedure that involves approaching your spine from the front of your body. The procedure may be recommended if you suffer from spondylolisthesis or protruding or degenerative disc disease. 

During the procedure, your surgeon removes part or all of herniated disc in between two adjacent vertebrae and then fuses the vertebrae together to minimize movement.

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

TLIF is also a surgical procedure for spondylolisthesis or protruding or degenerative disc disease. During the procedure, implants and bone grafts are used to fuse your vertebrae to stop movement and relieve pain. 

Foraminotomy

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine may recommend a foraminotomy if you’re suffering from foraminal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the nerve root opening. During a foraminotomy, your surgeon widens the opening where your nerve roots leave your spinal canal to alleviate pressure and pain. 

Your surgeon may perform a foraminotomy on any part of your spine.

Am I a good candidate for back surgery?

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine determines if you’re a good candidate for back surgery during a consultation. In most cases, surgery may only be recommended if conservative measures, such as medication and/or physical therapy, fail to alleviate your symptoms. 

To discuss your back surgery options with an expert in the field, contact Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine by phone or online today.