Spinal Procedures

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is an operative procedure to relieve compression or pressure on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord due to a herniated disc or bone spur in the neck.

In anterior cervical discectomy with fusion, the surgeon approaches the cervical spine through a small incision in the front of the neck and removes the total disc or a part of the disc along with any bony material that is compressing or putting pressure on the nerves and producing pain.

Cervical Arthroplasty

The cervical spine is located in the neck region and consists of seven bones arranged one on top of the other. Cushioning tissue called vertebral discs located between the vertebrae act as shock absorbers, allowing easy movement of the neck. Wear and tear and advancing age can damage these discs, leading to pain and disability.

Cervical Foraminotomy

Cervical foraminotomy is an operative procedure to relieve the symptoms of pinched or compressed spinal nerve by enlarging the neural foramen, an opening for the nerve roots to exit from the spine and travel throughout the body. The neural foramen forms a protective passageway for nerves that transmit signals among the spinal cord and the rest of the body parts.

Cervical Laminectomy

A cervical laminectomy is an operative procedure of removing the bone at the neck (cervical spine) region to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. It can also be performed to relieve the symptoms of narrowed spinal canal known as spinal stenosis.

Cervical Laminoplasty

A cervical laminoplasty is an operative procedure that involves reshaping/repositioning the bone at the neck region (cervical spine) to relieve excess pressure on the spinal nerves. It can also be performed to relieve the symptoms of narrowed spinal canal known as spinal stenosis.

Insertion of Syrinx Shunt

Insertion of a syrinx shunt is a procedure performed to treat syrinx, a condition characterised by the development of fluid-filled cavities within the spinal cord, which can compress and injure the adjacent nerve fibres. The procedure involves inserting a shunt (flexible tube with a one-way valve) into the syrinx to drain away the fluid.

Lumbar Decompression Laminectomy

Lumbar laminectomy, also known as decompression laminectomy, is a spinal surgery done to relieve excess pressure on the spinal nerve(s) in the lumbar (lower back) region.

The term laminectomy originated from the Latin word ‘lamina’ refers to a thin plate and the word ‘ectomy’ means removal.

Lumbar Laminectomy for Discectomy

Lumbar laminectomy, also known as decompression laminectomy, is a spinal surgery done to relieve excess pressure on the spinal nerve(s) in the lumbar (lower back) region.

The term laminectomy originated from the Latin word ‘lamina’ refers to a thin plate and the word ‘ectomy’ means removal.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure employed to relieve the pressure over the spinal cord and/ or nerve roots, caused by a herniated intervertebral disc. A herniated disc, common in the lower back (lumbar spine) occurs when the inner gelatinous substance of the disc escapes through a tear in the outer, fibrous ring (annulus fibrosus). This may compress the spinal cord or the surrounding nerves, resulting in pain, sensory changes, or weakness in the lower extremities.

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

Lumbar discectomy is a spinal surgery that involves removal of damaged intervertebral disc to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves (decompression) in the lumbar (lower back) region. Minimally invasive technique is implemented to perform the surgery.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Decompression

Spinal fusion is a surgical technique used to join together two or more vertebrae in the spine and to minimize the pain caused by movement of these vertebrae. Fusion of vertebrae in lumbar portion of the spine is called as lumbar fusion and the surgery can be done as an open or minimally invasive procedure.

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) uses the latest advanced technology to treat back pain and neck pain caused by a variety of spinal conditions. Special surgical instruments, devices and advanced imaging techniques are used to visualize and perform the surgery through small incisions.

Motion Preservation Spinal Surgery

Motion preserving surgery is one of the novel surgical methods to treat painful spinal conditions and restore the movements of the spine.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy – Inter Body

Anterior cervical discectomy is a procedure to treat damaged intervertebral discs in the region of the neck. The affected disc is removed by approaching it from the front of the spine through an incision in the neck and the adjacent vertebral bodies are fused together by placing a bone graft or prosthetic device between them.

Rhizolysis

Rhizolysis is a spinal procedure where a probe that delivers radiofrequency energy is applied to specific nerves roots passing through the vertebral bones to arrest the transmission of pain signals.

Minimally Invasive Decompression for Lumbar Canal Stenosis

This is a procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots in the lower back causing pain and other symptoms. An small incision is made over the spine and instruments are directed to the affected region with the help of imaging techniques to remove bone or ligament compressing the nerves.

Lumbar Decompression and Pedicle Screw Instrumented Fusion for Spondylolisthesis

Coming soon

  • Westmead Private Hospital
  • FRACS
  • Neuro Surgical Society
  • the University of Sydney