If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition requiring surgery, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to expect. Spine surgery is a serious procedure that can offer significant relief from your pain, as well as improved quality of life.
Quality Spine Orthopedic Care
The experienced surgeons at Georgia Bone & Joint are committed to providing the highest quality care possible. Our surgeons specialize in a variety of spine conditions and treatments, including minimally invasive spine surgery. They are committed to staying up to date on the most current surgical techniques and technologies available for treating your condition.
Cutting Edge Techniques
Advanced Surgical Technologies
We use advanced technology to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. Our surgeons are trained in the most advanced technologies and techniques available, including the following:
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a viable option for many patients who have been diagnosed with chronic or acute conditions of the spine.
Image-guided navigation systems are used to help our surgeons identify the exact location of your spine condition. This technology is combined with computers that create 3D images of the area, allowing for more precise surgical planning and implant placement.
Artificial disc replacement is a procedure for diagnosing and treating problems inside the joint.
Computer-assisted technology creates a 3D image of the spine used for surgical planning, which helps ensure accuracy and precision.
Robotic surgery is the use of robotic technology to assist with guidance during spinal neurosurgery.
When is Spine Surgery Needed?
Common Spinal Conditions
Your doctor may recommend spine surgery if you have a condition that did not respond to other treatments, such as medications or physical therapy. Common conditions requiring spine surgery include:
Disc Herniations are when the soft interior of a spinal disc has pushed through its casing, causing pain and other symptoms.
Spinal stenosis is when the spaces within the spine begin to narrow due to wear and tear on the spine over time, which can cause pain and numbness.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease occurs when discs lose their shock-absorbing ability, which can cause pain and stiffness.
Spondylolisthesis is when a vertebra slips out of alignment, which can cause pain, numbness, and weakness.
Vertebral fractures can occur due to trauma, such as from a fall or car accident, and can cause extreme pain.
Osteoarthritis of the spine occurs when the cartilage between vertebrae wears away, causing stiffness and pain.
Sciatica occurs when a nerve is compressed, causing pain to radiate down the back of the leg.
We understand that considering spine surgery is a difficult decision. To help make the process easier, we've compiled answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about spine surgery.
What can I expect during my spine surgery?
The specifics of your procedure will depend on the type of surgery being performed. Generally, you can expect that the surgical area will be numbed and a small incision will be made to access the spine. The surgeon will then make repairs to the specific area of your spine that is causing pain or other symptoms.
How much does spine surgery cost?
The cost of your spinal surgery will depend on the type of procedure being performed and your insurance coverage. Our staff can provide more information about the cost of your specific procedure.
How long will I need to recover?
This depends on the specific condition you have, as well as the type of procedure that is being performed. Generally, most patients require several weeks of recovery before returning to their normal activities. Your doctor can provide more details about your specific condition and the length of your recovery period.
How do I prepare for spine surgery?
Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions about what you need to do before your procedure. Generally, this includes avoiding certain medications and supplements prior to surgery, as well as other measures to ensure that you are healthy for the operation; please obtain clearance from your medical doctor when appropriate.
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