Procedures We Perform
Managing all aspects of the spine, NJNBI offers an array of surgical options including:
ACDF is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for relieving pressure on the nerve roots that causes pain, numbness or tingling in the neck and arm.
ALIF is a surgical procedure performed to fuse vertebrae in the spine together to provide stability.
The cervical spine is comprised of seven vertebrae that begin at the base of the skull and connect to the top of the thoracic spine in the shoulder region.
A cervical laminectomy is a procedure that relieves painful pressure on the spinal cord in patients with spinal stenosis.
A laminoplasty is a surgical procedure for creating more space in the spinal canal.
Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a procedure that accesses the spine from incisions created on the side of the body.
The lumbar spine is the lower portion of the back that curves inward toward the abdomen.
Lumbar decompression surgery treats spinal stenosis, a condition in which the spinal nerve roots are compressed by degenerated portions of the lumbar spine.
Lumbar Fusion is a procedure where the vertebrae in the lower back are surgically joined together, minimizing any movement of the vertebrae themselves.
A laminectomy, also known as a decompression surgery, is a surgical procedure that relieves pressure on the spinal nerves or cord.
A lumbar microdiscectomy is where an incision is made on the disc herniation to remove the portion creating pressure on the nerve roots.
A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure conducted to relieve nerve impingement (pinched nerves) and allow the nerves to heal.
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a procedure using specialized techniques and instruments allowing Dr. LaRocca to operate with few effects on the body.
Spinal fusion is a surgery performed to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the spine together for stability, eliminating motion.
A posterior laminotomy is a procedure typically performed on the cervical (neck) region of the spine for relieving pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion is a procedure performed to fuse the vertebrae in the lumbar region of the spine together for stability.
Scoliosis fusion surgery is a procedure for correcting the curvature of the spine resulting from disc degeneration of the spine.
The thoracic spine refers to the upper and middle sections of the back. Learn about Dr. LaRocca’s advanced procedures to treat the thoracic spine here.
What Is Lumbar Fusion?
Lumbar Fusion is a spinal procedure in which the vertebrae in the lower back (or lumbar spine) are surgically joined together, minimizing any movement of the vertebrae themselves. With many types of back injuries, pain occurs when the vertebrae shift and move against each other – so a lumbar fusion can help relieve pain by minimizing movement within the spinal column.
The main objective of the lumbar fusion is to decrease any back pain or discomfort. The procedure can also provide the patient increased stability and support to the spinal area.
Lumbar Fusion permanently joins two vertebrae together to reduce spine pain during daily activities.
What Conditions Can Lumbar Fusion Treat?
A doctor or back specialist may recommend a spinal fusion surgery for patients with the following symptoms:
- Persistent, long-term lower back pain
- A herniated disc (a bulge or break in one of the soft discs of the spinal column)
- Spinal stenosis (contraction of the spinal column, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves)
– Spondylolisthesis (when one vertebrae slips forward or backward, negatively affecting the vertebrae(s) farther down the spinal column)
- Weakness in the spinal area from infections or tumors
- Broken, fractured, or deformed vertebrae
- Spinal deformities from birth (such as scoliosis and kyphosis)
- Arthritic inflammation in the joints between vertebrae in the spine
- Degenerative disc disease (the deteriorating of the discs between the vertebrae)
How A Lumbar Fusion Is Performed
The main technique used in a lumbar fusion surgery is bone grafting, which fuses the vertebrae together naturally. Bone grafts supports can be artificial or taken from another area of an individual’s body, like a hip. The graft is a temporary measure of holding the vertebrae, and that the natural fusion of the vertebrae typically takes several months.
The Recovery Process
Patients typically stay in the hospital for 3-4 days following their spinal surgery, with pain medication provided to make the post-op period as comfortable as possible. The recovery period is similar to that of a bone fracture – you’ll be asked to restrict your activity levels for 6 weeks or until x-rays can show new bone growth over the bone graft. Each person’s body is different, and every patient will have a different experience with their recovery period.
Many patients can increase their activity level once a substantial amount of bone has grown, usually after 3-4 months in a younger patient or up to 4-6 months in an older patient. Your surgeon may recommend a brace and post-operative rehab exercises.
Why Choose the New Jersey Neck and Back Institute?
At the New Jersey Neck and Back Institute, our objective is getting our patients results that allow them to live happy, pain-free lives. Treatment for back pain can be hard to fully understand and navigate on your own.
When our patients first come through the door,
- Dr. Sandro LaRocca, our leading physician and orthopedic back surgeon, makes it a priority to listen and discuss the patient’s history and symptoms to ensure that a proper evaluation is given.
- Upon diagnosis, a comprehensive, individualized plan of action is created for each patient, which includes reasons for a particular procedure, and how the spine surgery procedure will be specifically conducted.
- Post-surgery, our neck and back team is there for you every step of the way, and our main goal is a quick and healthy recovery so that you can live a happy, pain-free life.