Procedure

Lumbar Corpectomy Surgery

LUMBAR CORPECTOMY SURGERY

 

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The lumbar corpectomy is a procedure performed to relieve the pain caused when diseased or damaged vertebrae bone blocks and pinches nerve roots. It also corrects spinal column deformities.

At Axis Brian & Back Institute, we understand and can help the pain that you are going through. We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery which is specially constructed to treat spine conditions with a lower infection risk and shorter recovery times than more traditional open back and open neck surgeries. Our patients will attest that we have helped provide solutions after years of chronic pain that took away their ability to perform even basic functions every day.

About LUMBAR CORPECTOMY SURGERY

During this procedure, the patient is positioned on his right side so the surgeon has access to the patient’s left side. The surgeon makes an incision and removes the diseased and damaged parts of the vertebral bone to relieve the pressure from the nerve roots. The discs above and below the affected vertebra are removed along with any diseased vertebral fragments. The bone surfaces are cleared and prepared to receive a bone graft. Bolts are screwed into the vertebrae above and below the gap to help the surgeon perform the rest of the procedure.

The surgeon then opens the vertebral space and corrects the spinal column curvature. This is known as reduction of deformity. While the vertebral space is open, the bone graft is inserted. Closing the vertebral space secures the bone graft tightly into place. A piece of metal called a Zplate is placed onto the two bolts, bridging the vertebrae levels above and below the bone graft. Two nuts hold the Zplate in place, and two additional screws are inserted. The Zplate keeps the area secure while the bone heals. During the healing process, the bone graft will knit with the vertebrae levels above and below to create one solid bone segment, known as a bone fusion.

Frequent Symptoms Helped by Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion


Though herniated discs and degenerative disc disease cause symptoms which can change depending on the severity of the condition, there are some general symptoms that often see relief from this procedure.
– Numbness and tingling – Often, patients are experiencing numbness or tingling in the arm and fingers due to the impacted nerve in the neck. This could be similar to what it feels like to lose circulation to the arm.

– Arm pain – The nerve which is affected by the damaged disc often leads to a shooting pain in one arm. This pain can travel all the way from the shoulder down through the fingers. Often, this is accompanied by a pain in the neck along with the radiating pain the arm.

– Weakness – It is possible that the affected nerve is not able to signal the muscles in the arm the way it normally would, causing a general feeling of weakness.

If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and/or any of the symptoms listed above, contact our team at Axis Brain & Back Institute and get BACK@IT. You don’t have to miss out on life’s greatest moments because of pain. Schedule your free MRI review today!

 

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