What is the lumbar spine?
The lumbar spine refers to the lower area of the spine between the pelvis and thoracic cage. It is made up of 5 vertebrae (although some people may have 6) that are stacked on top of each other with cushion-like intervertebral discs in between. The lower back is the largest movable segment of the vertebral column and is extremely vulnerable to disorders, making it the source of many pain complaints.
lumbar spine Surgery
Dr. Albert has experience in treating the many problems that arise from the lumbar spine. These include:
A lumbar laminectomy is performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. The surgery removes a portion of the herniated disc that is pressing on the nerve. This helps relieve the pain and protect against permanent nerve damage.
Microdiscectomy is one of the most common spine surgery procedures. This surgery relieves pressure on the nerve and removes the source of the pain.
Posterior lumbar decompression and fusion (PLDF) is a surgical procedure that aims to relieve pain and pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves in the lower back.
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a procedure that fuses the anterior and posterior columns of the spine through a posterior approach. This approach results in less disturbance to the nerve roots, reducing the risk of scarring or injury to them.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about lumbar back surgery, call (212) 616-1004 to schedule an evaluation with New York Spine Surgeon, Dr. Todd J. Albert.