Neurosurgery - Brain & Spine Specialist located in Long Beach, Torrance, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas
When painful back problems don’t respond to conservative treatments like medication, physical therapy, and spinal injections, you might need spine surgery to correct the issue. Azadeh Farin, MD, FAANS, FACS, at FARINeurosurgery in Long Beach, California, offers expert spine surgeries to relieve pain and heal your back, restoring your quality of life. Call FARINeurosurgery or schedule a consultation online if you need an expert spine surgeon.
Spine Surgery Q&A
What is spine surgery?
Dr. Farin offers a variety of spine surgeries to correct different spinal injuries and degenerative conditions. The goals of surgery are to repair your spine, relieve your symptoms, and help you get back to your regular activities.
Some common spine surgeries include:
The lamina is one of the walls on your vertebrae. Dr. Farin can remove your lamina in part or in its entirety to create space in your spine. This procedure can relieve painful nerve compression.
During a discectomy, Dr. Farin removes a herniated spinal disc that compresses a nerve root or your spinal cord. She often combines this procedure with a laminectomy to relieve sciatica and other types of nerve-related back pain.
Spinal fusion connects two or more vertebrae to increase stability in your spine and correct some spinal deformities. Dr. Farin uses bone grafts or surgical pins to fuse your vertebrae.
Foraminotomy enlarges the opening that allows a nerve root to exit your spinal canal. It relieves nerve compression and can reduce symptoms caused by a herniated disc or thickened spinal joints.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are procedures to repair compression fractures in your spine by creating space in the vertebra and filling it with special surgical cement. These procedures can relieve nerve compression and correct abnormal curves in your spine.
Dr. Farin uses minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. Minimally invasive surgery reduces trauma to the surrounding muscle, connective tissue, and bone. Minimally invasive surgery also reduces your risk of complications.
Why would I need spine surgery?
When conservative treatments for back pain don’t relieve your pain and other symptoms. Dr. Farin offers expert spine surgeries to address painful problems, including:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Vertebral fractures
- Degenerative disc disease
If you’re frustrated by back pain and need to talk to an expert spine surgeon about your condition, make an appointment with Dr. Farin at FARINeurosurgery. She provides comprehensive consultations and exams to identify the best treatment to relieve your pain.
What should I expect after spine surgery?
Depending on your condition, you might need to spend a few nights in the hospital while recovering. Dr. Farin provides personalized aftercare instructions before releasing you.
In addition to having follow-up appointments with Dr. Farin, you also have physical therapy to restore your back strength and flexibility. Rehabilitation is critical to safely returning to your regular activities.
Call FARINeurosurgery today or make an appointment online if you need an expert spine surgeon.
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