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What are common types of back surgery?
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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Back surgery
Common types include microdiskectomy (disk herniation removal), laminectomy (remove bone spur pressure by unroofing spine), these are usually outpatient.
Lumbar fusion can be done by different techniques (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, posterior lif), extreme lateral interbody fusion (xlif) is often done for revision or deformity surgery. Most fusions use rods, screws, cages, bone graft.

In brief: Back surgery
Common types include microdiskectomy (disk herniation removal), laminectomy (remove bone spur pressure by unroofing spine), these are usually outpatient.
Lumbar fusion can be done by different techniques (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, posterior lif), extreme lateral interbody fusion (xlif) is often done for revision or deformity surgery. Most fusions use rods, screws, cages, bone graft.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Discectomy
Discectomy is the most common type of back surgery.
Sometimes this is accompanied by a fusion.

In brief: Discectomy
Discectomy is the most common type of back surgery.
Sometimes this is accompanied by a fusion.
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Dr. Merrill Reuter
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Spinal stenosis
The most common back surgery is a laminectomy for lumbar nerve root compression, either from a herniated disc or from arthritic spinal stenosis.
Other forms of surgery are more specific to spinal issues including multiple variants of spinal fusion procedures. Treatment for osteoporoctic fractures, such as kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, are also quite common.

In brief: Spinal stenosis
The most common back surgery is a laminectomy for lumbar nerve root compression, either from a herniated disc or from arthritic spinal stenosis.
Other forms of surgery are more specific to spinal issues including multiple variants of spinal fusion procedures. Treatment for osteoporoctic fractures, such as kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, are also quite common.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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