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WHEN BACK PAIN IS THE ONLY THING ON YOUR MIND, WE CAN HELP.

ANI offers a full range of surgical treatments for disorders of the spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Minimally invasive spine surgery is the optimal choice for spine surgery because this technique offers significantly less post-operative pain and faster recovery.

DR. THOMAS LOFTUS HELPED RESOLVE MY PERSISTENT BACK PAIN

NOW I FEEL LIKE A WHOLE NEW PERSON!

ANNA V., LUBBOCK, TX

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a surgical procedure in the spine that requires small incision(s) and is often performed with microscopic visualization.

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is where a surgeon creates small cuts, or incisions, around the affected areas of the spine. A microscope is often used and acts as a guide for the surgeon. Some benefits of choosing MISS are better cosmetic results (due to smaller scars), lower risk of muscle damage or infections, faster recovery times, and lower post-operative narcotic-usage.

LUMBAR FUSION

Lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in the lumbar region, eliminating motion between them.

Spinal fusion of the lumbar, or lower part, of the spine involves fusing two or more small bones called vertebrae into a more stable, single bone using bone grafts and/or instrumentation. The process is similar to how the body normally heals broken bones. Lumbar spinal fusion helps alleviate back pain while increasing spine stability.

CERVICAL FUSION

Cervical spine fusion is a surgical procedure that permanently connects vertebrae in the cervical region, eliminating motion between them.

During cervical spinal fusion, the bones in the neck are fused together to stabilize the area or readjust a misaligned spine. This is usually done with bone graft materials and instrumentation and mimics how the body typically heals broken bones.

ARTIFICIAL DISC REPLACEMENT

Artificial disc replacement can be performed in the cervical or lumbar spine. 

Artificial disc replacement involves removing the degenerated or herniated disc in patients with symptoms of pain, numbness, weakness or other related findings. It is then replaced with a mechanical prosthesis usually composed of metal and/or polymer. The goal is to help preserve motion of the spine.

LUMBAR DISCECTOMY

Lumbar discectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove a herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar region.

Discectomy literally means “cutting out the disc”. The surgeon makes a small incision in the lower back and clears a path to the herniated/bulging disc before removing it. This procedure helps to alleviate pain in the affected area. It is sometimes performed in conjunction with other procedures such as a fusion.

CERVICAL LAMINOTOMY

Cervical laminotomy is a surgical procedure used to remove some parts of the lamina.

Cervical laminotomy is a procedure that removes only a part of the lamina, which is the
part of the spine that forms the roof of the spinal canal around your neck. The surgeon only removes enough of the lamina to relieve the symptoms of spinal cord and spinal nerve compression in the neck.

ANTERIOR/POSTERIOR SPINE SURGERY

Anterior spine surgery is a surgical procedure where a small incision is made in the front area of the patient whereas posterior spine surgery involves making an incision along the back.

With minimally invasive spinal surgery, there are two pathways available. One is the anterior, or the front of the patient. The other is along the posterior, or the back of the patient. Either choice involves creating a small incision, or cut, that can produce better cosmetic results, reduce the risk of muscle damage and infection, allow faster recovery, and decrease post-operative narcotic usage.

KYPHOPLASTY

Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat a spinal compression fracture.

Kyphoplasty is used to restore damaged spinal bones (vertebrae) and relieve pain by inserting a balloon-like device through a small incision made over the infected area. The balloon creates a cavity in the affected vertebrae which is immediately filled with bone cement that takes several minutes to harden.

VERTEBROPLASTY

Vertebroplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat a spinal compression fracture.

Vertebroplasty involves using bone cement that is injected into different areas of the spine that have been cracked or broken. The cement takes only a few minutes to harden and leads to pain relief and increased mobility in patients.

SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR PLACEMENT

Spinal cord stimulator placement is a surgical procedure where a device is placed under the skin near the spine and sends mild electrical currents to your spinal cord.

Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) placement happens in two phases. First is the temporary placement where the surgeon places electrical leads through small incisions or by needle along the spine. If the patient sees improvement from the temporary SCS, a permanent SCS will replace it. The permanent SCS is controlled via remote control.

SACROILIAC JOINT FUSION

Sacroiliac joint fusion is a surgical position where the sacroiliac joint is fused together by bone graft and/or instruments to create one immobile unit.

Sacroiliac joint fusion involves fusing the SI joint which lies between two pelvic bones, the sacrum and the ilium, to reduce pain and instability caused by inflammation or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. A small incision is made in the buttocks and the surgeon drills holes into the sacrum and ilium before placing implants that stabilizes the joint and promotes fusion.

SPINAL TUMOR SURGERY

Spinal tumor surgery is the surgical removal of a spine tumor.

Spinal tumor removal is performed using a variety of techniques where the surgeon creates incisions, or cuts, in the affected area of the spine. Once the tumor is exposed, it is removed, often with the aid of a microscope, in a piece by piece fashion.

CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE

Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.

During carpal tunnel release, the surgeon creates one to two small cuts and uses various techniques to see inside the hand and wrist. A knife is then used to cut the ligament that is pushing down on the nerve in the carpal tunnel. This releases the nerve which can provide significant symptom relief.

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