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.

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion is a surgical procedure conducted to fuse the vertebrae in the lumbar region into solid bone for stability.

The Thoracic Spine

The thoracic spine refers to the upper and middle sections of the back. Connected to the end of the cervical (neck) spine, it extends approximately five inches past the end of the shoulder blades and connects to lumbar (low back) spine.

Made up of twelve vertebrae labeled T-1 through T-12, the thoracic spine provides stability to keep the body in the upright position and to protect the spinal cord running within.

There are a few aspects of the thoracic spine that distinguish it from the cervical and lumbar segments of the spine. These include:

  • Protecting vital organs: Each pair of ribs connects to each thoracic vertebra from T1-T10, providing protection for the organs located within the chest cavity. While the ribs connected to T-11 and T-12 do not meet, they do offer protection for the kidneys.
  • Narrowed spinal canal: The spinal canal, which houses the spinal cord, is narrower in the thoracic spine. As a result, injuries sustained to the thoracic spine have a higher risk of spinal cord damage as well.
  • Thinner discs: Located between each of the vertebrae, the intervertebral discs act as cushions and shock absorbers. They also give the spine its flexibility. In the thoracic spine, the discs are thinner, producing notably less flexibility than the cervical or lumbar spine.

Thoracic Spine Procedures

At New Jersey Neck & Back Institute (NJNBI), Dr. LaRocca and his compassionate, experienced team perform advanced procedures to treat the thoracic spine including:

The intent of surgery is to dramatically improve quality of life. Dr. LaRocca may recommend surgery in the event of significant weakness, incapacitating pain or when all other treatment methods have been exhausted.

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