While many issues involving the cervical portion of the spine can be corrected without the need for a surgical procedure, others cannot be addressed without one. If you or someone you love suffers from an issue in the cervical area of the spine that has not improved with conservative treatment methods, you may benefit significantly from a cervical surgery.
Located in San Antonio Innovative Spine is committed to providing patients with a broad range of effective cervical surgical procedures. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Kuwamura, contact us today!
Cervical Artificial Disc
A patient’s cervical disc may need to be replaced with an artificial one if their natural inner disk herniates. This can cause the disk to press on adjacent nerve roots and cause the patient significant pain and discomfort. Depending on which of the cervical discs are affected, patients may experience a variety of different symptoms, including pain in the arms, shoulders, and hands, as well as possible numbness and tingling in the fingertips. By replacing a damaged herniated disc with an artificial substitute, patients can restore full motion in the neck and head.
At Innovative Spine, we use Mobi-C® Cervical Discs for all cervical disc replacements. These discs provide patients with controlled mobility that encourages both height restoration and full physiological mobility of the damaged spinal segment. This disc is the first cervical disc FDA approved for both one and two-level cervical intervertebral disc replacement.
Microscopic discectomies are another surgical procedure used to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord caused by a ruptured disc. During this procedure, the ruptured disc is removed, either from the front or back of the neck, but is not replaced with an artificial substitute.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Like a microscopic discectomy, ACDF procedures involve the removal of a ruptured disc in the cervical area of the spine. However, the ruptured disc is always removed from the front of the neck to allow for better access to the spinal cord. A fusion surgery is also performed once the disc is removed. Fusing the vertebrae that surround the ruptured disc stabilizes the affected cervical segment.
A laminectomy is a surgical procedure performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord caused by spinal stenosis, or crowding of the spinal column. During this procedure, a vertical incision between three and four inches long is made along the midline of the neck. The lamina and spinous processes in the area are removed through this incision, allowing the spinal cord to float back into the spinal canal while creating more room for healing.
Do you think you or someone you love could benefit from cervical surgery? Contact Innovative Spine today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Frank Kuwamura, our practice’s leading physician. Doctor Kuwamura is board-certified in orthopedic spine care and has helped countless patients find relief from cervical spine conditions.