Frequently asked questions
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (MISS)
A type of spine surgery that uses advanced, computer-assisted technology and highly specialized tools. This provides patients with a quicker recovery after surgery, less post-operative pain and smaller incisions compared to traditional open spine surgery. Our neurosurgeons are the metropolitan leaders in MISS and have taught the procedure for years throughout the country.
Microlumbar Discectomy (MLD)
A procedure requiring a very small incision to remove the portion of the ruptured disc that’s irritating one or more spinal nerve roots. Patients typically return home the same or following day.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy/Decompression and Fusion (ACDF)
A procedure that relieves the pressure placed on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord. This is completed by removing the herniated disc (or, in some cases, the bone spur). The adjacent bone segments are then locked together in a “fusion.”
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody (TLIF)
Degenerative discs can cause lower back or sciatic pain. The procedure replaces the degenerative disc with a bone graft, causing the vertebrae to grow together or “fuse.” This can be completed through a small incision, thus preventing extensive muscle damage.
Cervical & Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty (Artificial Disc)
This procedure can be considered an alternative to spinal fusion. The damaged disc is replaced with an artificial one. The goal of the operation is to maintain spinal motion, relieve pain and restore disc height and proper spinal curvature, thus reducing post-operative recuperation time.
Interspinous Process Decompression (IPD)
A minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an implant is placed between the spinous processes of the symptomatic disc levels. These are primarily for patients who have LSS (Lumbar Spinal Stenosis).
A minimally invasive treatment for painful spinal compression fractures. During the procedure, a balloon is inserted and then inflated to restore the height of the compressed vertebra. The balloon is removed and bone cement is then injected into the area in order to hold the vertebra at its corrected height.
A subspecialty within neurosurgery that uses catheters and radiology to diagnose and treat a series of conditions and diseases of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. Also called neurointerventional surgery.
An evolving specialty for minimally-invasive percutaneous and endovascular treatment of brain and spine diseases. Using advanced cross-sectional and three dimensional imaging, these procedures show potential for improved diagnosis and clinical outcome.
Interventional Stroke Programs
Interventional stroke programs use catheters or microcatheters to unblock a blood vessel in the brain soon after a stroke occurs. Also known as intra-arterial stroke therapy, this treatment delivers clot-busting medication to the site in the brain where the blockage is found.
Surgical Clipping (Aneurysm Clipping)
Surgical Clipping (Aneurysm Clipping) is a procedure to close off an aneurysm. The neurosurgeon removes a section of skull to access the aneurysm, locates the blood vessel that feeds the aneurysm and then places a tiny metal clip on the neck of the aneurysm to stop blood flow to it.
Endovascular Coiling is a less invasive procedure for the treatment of Brain Aneurysms. The surgeon inserts a catheter into an artery, usually in the groin and threads it through the body to the aneurysm. The surgeon then uses a guide wire to push a soft platinum wire through the catheter and into the aneurysm. The wire coils up inside the aneurysm, disrupts the blood flow and causes blood to clot. This clotting essentially seals off the aneurysm from the artery.