Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery

Traditional spine surgery has long been performed as an open surgery that often placed great stress on the body and required a lengthy recovery period. In more recent years, innovations in medical technology and techniques have allowed surgeons to perform safer, minimally invasive procedures to correct certain spinal problems. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis takes full advantage of this new technology to provide patients with the highest care possible with a faster recovery. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Traditional spine surgery has long been performed as an open surgery that often placed great stress on the body and required a lengthy recovery period. In more recent years, innovations in medical technology and techniques have allowed surgeons to perform safer, minimally invasive procedures to correct certain spinal problems. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis takes full advantage of this new technology to provide patients with the highest care possible with a faster recovery. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Spine Surgery Q & A

Who needs spinal surgery?

For most spinal issues, spine surgery is suggested when less invasive treatment options aren?t providing desired results or when spinal surgery is the only treatment option. Some of the most common reasons you might need spinal surgery include:

Relieving nerve pressure

Spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis and herniated discs can place stress on the nerves in your spinal cord, causing pain, weakness, and immobility. In such cases, spinal surgery is necessary to relieve the pressure, often by removing structures in your spine such as in a laminectomy.

Stabilizing your spine

If you suffer from a condition that makes it difficult for your spine to maintain a natural shape during everyday conditions, the ligaments, bones, and muscles in your back can pay the price. This is common in spinal fractures and spondylolisthesis, and surgery is often the only treatment for restoring stability.

Realigning the spine

Scoliosis, flat-back syndrome, and kyphosis are a few common conditions that affect the curvature of your spine. In severe cases, these can affect your physical appearance, as well as your gait or ability to move. While minor cases of these conditions often don?t require surgery, more severe cases may need surgical intervention.

What is minimally invasive spinal surgery?

Recent technological advancements have allowed surgeons to perform procedures that create smaller incisions and cause less muscle damage than traditional surgery.

Though some procedures still require open surgery, many of the most common spinal surgeries have minimally invasive options, such as a lumbar discectomy or lumbar fusion.

How long is recovery following spinal surgery?

The length of time you spend recovering after spinal surgery depends on the type of procedure you receive, the severity of your initial condition, your recovery plan, and whether your surgery was open or minimally invasive.

No matter which kind of surgery you receive, you should expect to spend at least a few days in the hospital for monitoring. For some minimally invasive procedures, you might be able to go home the same day.

If you received a spinal fusion, it can take months before your back has fully healed, though you can often go back to work before then. Dr. Dennis will recommend some changes to how you move and position yourself during recovery for best results.

If you want to learn more about what to expect from spinal surgery, Dr. Dennis is here to help. Call the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, to schedule your consultation or book online.

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Back Pain

Back pain is the third most common reason people visit the doctor’s office, and it’s thought that nearly 80% of the world’s population will experience some form of back pain in their lives. Back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missed work, even though most cases of back pain are treatable or preventable. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis has decades of experience in diagnosing and treating back pain, mixing the latest state-of-the-art treatment options with tried-and-true knowledge. If you suffer from back pain, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Discectomy

While a severely herniated disc can hinder your ability to move and leave you in great pain, the procedure to remove a herniated disc, called a discectomy, is one of the most successful types of back surgery. Luckily, Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, is here to help you figure out if a discectomy is right for you. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or request an appointment online.

Herniated Disc

While we often associate herniated discs with pain and immobility, the condition is quite common, and many people with a herniated disc exhibit no symptoms. When a herniated disc is particularly severe, however, you might need medical attention to relieve pain and restore function. Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California has decades of experience treating spinal issues and can provide the spinal care you need to get you back on your feet. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Laminectomy

A laminectomy, also known as decompression surgery, is a common procedure used to treat arthritis and other conditions that place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, such as stenosis. With many patients reporting a strong success rate even a decade after the procedure, a laminectomy can improve mobility and quality of life for years on end. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis can identify whether a laminectomy can resolve your spine health and provide the expert touch you need for long-lasting results. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Neck Pain

Neck pain comes in just after back pain as one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, with up to 70% of all adults expected to suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. The prevalence of this pain also seems to be growing, making proper diagnosis and treatment all the more important. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis has extensive experiencing identifying the root cause of your neck pain and providing treatment that lasts. If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Sciatica
It?s thought that up to 10% of back pain sufferers have sciatica, a condition caused when pressure or other conditions irritate the sciatic nerve. This pain can radiate along your hips and legs, disrupting your ability to move or even relax comfortably. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis offers fast, effective diagnosis and treatment for this common source of pain. If you think you suffer from sciatica, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book it online.
Spinal Fusion

As instances of back pain and spinal stenosis continue to grow in the United States, so too does the need for spinal surgery treatment. Thankfully, spinal fusion can be a safe and highly effective treatment for many types of back pain. If you’re interested in learning more about whether spinal fusion is right for you, don’t hesitate to call Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California or book an appointment online.

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Neck Pain

Neck pain comes in just after back pain as one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, with up to 70% of all adults...

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Back Pain

Back pain is the third most common reason people visit the doctor's office, and it's thought that nearly 80% of the world's population...

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Herniated Disc

While a severely herniated disc can hinder While we often associate herniated discs with pain and immobility, the condition...

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Sciatica

It's thought that up to 10% of back pain sufferers have sciatica, a condition caused when pressure or other conditions irritate...

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