Doctor explaining the spine to a patient with a skeleton model

Spine Surgery Explained

Spine surgery is a serious procedure that can be done to correct any number of issues in the back. 


Spine surgery has been around for centuries, but it’s only recently that the modern practice of minimally invasive spine surgery has evolved. 


This article will explain what spinal surgery is, when you might need one and how we can help with your particular condition or symptoms.

Spine surgery.

Spine surgery is a complex procedure that can be performed to treat a number of conditions. It’s important to know what types of spine surgery are out there, as well as what they involve and how you can prepare for them.


Spinal fusion is one type of spinal surgery. It involves joining together two or more vertebrae (the bones that make up your spine) with metal implants or bone grafts in order to strengthen weak areas in the spine, which may have been damaged by injury or disease such as osteoporosis.


An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) uses these methods for treating herniated disks at the neck region (cervical). The ACDF procedure usually begins with an MRI scan so doctors can see exactly where there’s pressure on nerves near where they exit from between two vertebrae (foramen), causing pain symptoms such as numbness/tingling in arms/legs and weakness.


This helps determine whether removing part(s) will relieve pressure on nerves enough, so those symptoms go away entirely after surgery too!

Common types of spine surgery.

Spine surgery is a common procedure that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. 

Some of the most common types of spine surgery include:

Laminectomy: This procedure removes part or all of a patient’s laminae, which are thin bones in the spinal canal. It’s often used to treat herniated discs and spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal).

Discectomy: In this type of surgery, doctors remove part or all of an intervertebral disc that has slipped out from between two vertebrae due to degeneration or trauma–this is known as “slipped disc” syndrome.

Spinal fusion: This operation involves placing bone graft material into your back muscles during an open procedure so they will fuse together over time, forming one solid mass instead of several separate pieces that move independently from each other when you bend down at work every day!

Doctors working in a surgery room

Minimally invasive spine surgery.

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a type of surgery that uses smaller incisions and less invasive surgical instruments like microscopic video cameras. 


This may be an option for people who have a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spine tumor or vertebral compression fractures in the spine.


Minimally invasive spine surgery often involves placing the patient on their stomach during the procedure so that incisions can be made through the back rather than down the front of their body. 


It also requires special equipment including bone cutters; retractors to hold apart tissue while working; lasers to seal blood vessels as well as remove bone spurs from around nerves; drills used to remove bone fragments (also known as burrs) from inside vertebrae–the structures that house spinal cord nerves–and other tools used during this type of operation including micro-scissors used for cutting out small pieces of damaged tissue near joints where bones meet together during movement cycles throughout life span.

When should I have a back surgery?

When you’re considering surgery, it’s important to know that this decision is not one to take lightly. 

Your doctor will want to make sure that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its risks before recommending it for you.


You should consult a neurosurgeon if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain around your lower back
  • Loss of feeling in parts of your legs or feet
  • Neck pain
  • Herniated or ruptured disks
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Vertebral fractures caused by injury.
  • Damage to spinal disks

Considerations for anesthesia.

While you might be nervous about the potential risks of anesthesia, it is important to remember that these drugs are used every day and millions of people have surgery every year.


Your doctor will choose an anesthesiologist based on their experience, training and reputation. The doctor will also consider your preferences regarding the type of anesthesia you receive and whether you want a same-day discharge from the hospital or prefer to stay overnight for observation after surgery.


However, there is a consideration related specifically to spine surgery:


It is extremely important to have an anesthesiologist in the operating room to make sure everything is set up correctly. This will ensure that you are kept comfortable and safe during surgery, but it also has the added benefit of allowing for a rapid response should anything go wrong.

A nurse hand holding a patient who just went through spine surgery.

What to expect from a good neurosurgeon.

If you’re considering having spine surgery, it’s important to choose a surgeon who is right for your individual needs. 


A good neurosurgeon will be dedicated to patient care and excellent outcomes. They should have a high level of experience and expertise, as well as a good reputation in the community and also should be willing to learn new approaches and techniques when they are available, so you can expect them to be up to date on the latest developments in their field.


A good neurosurgeon will be able to explain why they think surgery is necessary, as well as what your options are for treatment. If you aren’t clear on why surgery is recommended or what it might entail for you, then consider asking more questions until there are no remaining doubts about what kind of procedure would work best for your condition.

Why to choose Long Island Neuroscience Specialists.

Our spine surgeons have been practicing for decades and are well known for their expertise in all aspects of spinal surgery.


We are committed to providing the highest quality care, including minimally invasive procedures when appropriate.


Our patients appreciate that we go out of our way to make them feel comfortable during their visit with us or any time they need help after hours or on weekends when they experience any issues related to their surgery or treatment plan.

In conclusion.

There is no need to undergo a spine surgery unless it is absolutely necessary.


However, if you are still suffering from any of the symptoms and your condition is not improving even after trying all the conventional medicines and exercises then it might be better to get a surgery done.


You can follow all the tips we’ve discussed above in order to optimize the chances of a successful surgery for yourself or your loved one. With a good doctor by your side, it’s possible to achieve encouraging and positive results from back surgery.