When your spine is unstable because of degenerated vertebral discs and spinal stenosis, you may need spinal decompression and fusion surgery. As a top board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Drew Brown IV, MD, in Tampa, Florida, is highly skilled at decompressing and fusing the spine with minimally invasive surgical approaches. To get relief from back pain so that you can live a rich and full life again, call the office schedule a consultation. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online.
Degenerative changes from aging and osteoporosis can trigger your body to produce bone spurs in your spinal canal. These bony protrusions narrow the canal that houses your spinal nerves. The constricted space, known as spinal stenosis, presses on your nerve roots, causing pain and other symptoms such as weak limbs or tingling in your arms and legs.
During cervical decompression surgery, Dr. Brown removes the excess bone material that’s compressing your nerves. The extra space allows your nerves to function normally and frees you from pain.
When the rubbery discs between each vertebra start to degrade and dry out, your bones rub painfully against one another. In spinal fusion surgery, Dr. Brown uses screws and rods to separate the discs again.
He then removes the diseased cartilage and replaces it with a bone graft. If you’re also having spinal decompression surgery, he may create the graft from the bony material he removed from your spinal canal.
When each vertebra heals, they fuse to the graft so that your spine is strong and stable. Although you won’t be able to move that portion of your spine anymore, the treatment area is so small that it won’t affect your overall flexibility.
Dr. Brown is an expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery. Using this approach, he only needs to make a few small incisions. He uses a retracting tube that moves the tissues aside gently so that he can pass a miniature camera and surgical instruments through the incisions.
The small incisions, retracting tube, and miniature instruments create less trauma so that your recovery is faster and easier. Because Dr. Brown operates the instruments from outside your body and watches the procedure on a magnified 3-D screen, he’s also able to make much more precise movements than are possible in traditional surgery.
Cervical decompression and fusion surgery can reduce your pain without drastically compromising your flexibility. Other benefits include:
Dr. Brown recommends physical therapy within three to six months after your surgery to strengthen and help you move safely as you recover.
To find out if you’re a candidate for spinal decompression and fusion surgery, contact Dr. Brown’s team by phone or request an appointment online.