Spine surgery

Surgery is used to treat back pain, repair spine injuries and correct scoliosis, also known as adult spinal deformity. Common types of spine surgeries include:

  • Discectomy: surgery to remove all or part of your disk to help relieve pressure on pinched nerves.
  • Laminectomy: surgery to remove the lamina (two small bones that make up a vertebra) to take pressure off your spinal cord or nerves.
  • Spinal fusion: the fusing of two bones in your back to correct problems in your spine.
  • Vertebroplasty: the injection of bone cement into compressed vertebrae.
  • Foraminotomy: surgery to widen the opening in your back where nerve roots leave your spinal column.

Using these treatments and other advanced approaches, Mercy spine surgeons lower risk, reduce back pain and bring about faster recoveries for patients facing nearly any condition of the spine.

This includes offering the latest minimally invasive spine surgery when appropriate. Advances in spinal surgery techniques and technology allow many patients to return to normal activities in just a few weeks.

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Interventional pain management

Interventional pain management involves injections, stimulation and heat, among other techniques, to relieve pain through medications or to “shut off” pain signals a nerve is sending to the brain. This might include:

  • Lumbar and cervical epidural injections
  • Spinal facet rhizotomy – highly targeted heat used to deaden a pain-causing nerve
  • Spinal facet injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation

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