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 Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery, as the name implies, is a procedure utilizing specialized techniques and instruments which allow Dr. LaRocca to operate with as little intrusion upon the body as possible.
Why should I consider minimally invasive spine surgery?
There are a few distinct advantages to a minimally invasive approach if a patient qualifies:
- Because the incision sites are significantly smaller in comparison to open spinal surgery, there is generally a lower risk of infection as less internal tissue is exposed.
- During open surgery, muscles, tendons, and ligaments may be cut in order to access the affected area of the spinal column. With minimally invasive spine surgery, these anatomic structures are preserved resulting in significantly less soft tissue damage.
- Faster recovery time for patients
- In some cases, minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis or during a short hospital stay.
- There is typically less pain and scarring associated with a minimally invasive approach to the spine.
Who is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?
While there are always advancements in minimally invasive spine surgery, certain conditions such as high-degree scoliosis or spinal tumors require standard surgery as a treatment. Dr. LaRocca can recommend which surgical treatment options are best suited to a patient’s individual needs.
What procedures are considered minimally invasive?
Many open surgeries performed by Dr. LaRocca also have a minimally invasive approach. Dr. LaRocca will help determine which is the best treatment option. Procedures include: