Surgical Options

Surgical Options

If your back or spine condition requires surgery, you will benefit from the high-quality care provided by our skilled surgeons and clinical staff. We perform more than 1,600 inpatient back and spine procedures each year using the most advanced minimally invasive and robotic techniques.

These state-of-the-art procedures offer significant advantages, including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Faster healing
  • Reduced damage to the surrounding muscles
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine

The incisions can often be sealed using surgical glue, which results in only small scars.

Personalized Patient Care

Our surgical team includes specially trained nurse care coordinators, who will provide you with the information and support you need before and after your surgery. We will also coordinate any after-care you may need, including inpatient rehabilitation, home-based services or outpatient physical therapy.

Advanced Surgical Care

The surgeons at the PinnacleHealth Spine Institute are experts in the most innovative surgical techniques—procedures designed to help you heal faster and return more quickly to living a normal and pain-free life. Procedures include:

Artificial surgical disc surgery. The vertebrae are cushioned along the spine with gel-like discs that allow the spine to move without causing discomfort. Wear and tear can damage these discs, leading to what’s called “degenerative disc disease,” a condition that causes chronic back pain. Surgical disc replacement involves removing the damaged disc and replacing it with materials that mimic the motion of your natural disc.

Spinal fusion surgery.Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to permanently join together two or more vertebrae in the spine so there is no movement between them. This approach is most often used to eliminate pain caused by injury, fractures, spinal stenosis, spinal instability or degenerative disc disease.

Cervical spinal fusion surgery. This procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by herniated discs or bone spurs in the cervical spine, the seven bones in the neck that make up the top portion of the spinal column.

Kyphoplasty. This minimally invasive procedure is used to treat spine fractures caused by osteoporosis. A small balloon is inserted into the fracture using X-ray guidance. When inflated, the balloon gently raises the collapsed vertebra back to its normal position while also compressing the soft inner bone to create a void inside the vertebra. After deflating the balloon, the surgeon injects bone cement into the cavity, which helps to harden and stabilize the vertebra.

Laminectomy. A laminectomy may be recommended if you are experiencing painful pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves, often from a herniated disc or bony growths within the spinal canal. During a laminectomy a section of bone called the lamina is removed from one or more vertebrae through a small incision, relieving pressure and reducing or eliminating pain.

Laminotomy.Patients with bone spurs, spinal arthritis, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis and herniated or bulging discs may be candidates for a laminotomy. The procedure relieves pressure on the spinal canal by removing the ligamentum flavum, a ligament in the back that can thicken, causing the spinal cord to compress.

Discectomy. Disc fragments from a herniated disc can cause back pain and nerve pressure. In a discectomy, a small incision is made in the back part of the vertebra (called the lamina) to gain access to and remove the fragments, relieving pressure on the nerve.

Foraminotomy. Foraminal spinal stenosis occurs when there is narrowing around the openings through which nerves leave the spinal column, resulting in painful pressure. In a foraminotomy, some of the bone is cut to widen the nerve root opening. Your surgeon may also remove disc fragments and other problematic bone at the back of the vertebra.

Lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Lumbar spinal fusion is surgery to join, or fuse, two or more vertebrae in the lower back using a bone graft or metal implants. Spinal fusion can relieve pain caused by degenerative disc disease and may be recommended as a treatment for chronic lower back pain.

If you are considering surgical options for your back or spine pain, contact us today! With our expert team of providers in Central PA, we are a short drive for residents of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Lemoyne, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, and other surrounding areas.

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