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Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) – Spinal fusion surgery aims to permanently stop the movement of two or more adjacent vertebrae. The vertebrae are joined or ‘fused’ by a bone graft that grows solidly between the vertebrae. Implants such as plates, screws, rods and wedges may be used to hold this spine still while the bone graft becomes solid.
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) - Anterior lumbar interbody fusion of the spine utilises a surgical approach through the abdomen to access the anterior or front of the spine to perform a procedure to join bones together such that there is no longer movement at that spinal level. This method allows the strongest part of the vertebra [spinal bone] which is the body, to be accessed without passing around or between the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Discectomy – Discectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of a disc that is pressing on spinal nerves in the spine.
Cervical disc replacement - Cervical artificial disc replacement spinal surgery is a joint replacement procedure that involves inserting an artificial disc between the vertebrae to replace a natural spinal disc after it has been removed. A cervical artificial disc is a prosthetic device designed to maintain motion in the treated vertebral segment. A cervical artificial disc essentially functions like a joint, allowing for flexion, extension, side bending and rotation. Some newer discs are compressible, and actually function like shock-absorbers, as do natural discs.
Laminectomy – Laminectomy is a surgical procedure to relieve discomfort, cramps, pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks or legs caused by pressure on the spinal cord, the cauda equina or spinal nerve roots. Bone and other tissue that is impinging on nerves is removed to reduce irritation and inflammation.
This list covers common surgeries performed by Dr Atkinson. If your operation or condition is not listed please talk to Dr Atkinson for information tailored to your situation and condition.
- Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
- Cervical disc replacement
The O-arm® Surgical Imaging System is an optimized for use in spine surgery allowing surgeons to use instruments with extreme accuracy. It provides real-time, intra-operative imaging of a patient’s anatomy with high quality images and a large field-of-view in both two and three dimensions. It can be useful for more precise OR decision making.
The EOS® scanner at Sydney Adventist Hospital is a radical and innovative technology that captures whole body images of a standing patient in a single scan without any stitching or vertical distortion. Frontal and Lateral digital images of any length may be obtained simultaneously, with an outstanding image quality. This comprehensive view of spine and joint alignment allows for a more accurate assessment of deformities. The EOS scanner uses approximately one-tenth of the radiation dose of conventional X-ray.