Spine Surgery At SJMC, Malaysia
Spine surgery is performed to correct spinal conditions that cause pain. Back surgery is done to alleviate the discomfort or numbness associated with this pain, which often emits to other areas of the back, arms and legs. Usually, back and spinal pain is triggered by the compression of a nerve inside it.
There are three main categories of a back surgery which comprise of:
- spinal fusion
These surgical procedures can be highly effective in rectifying the complications that cause the pain. If you are not sure whether back surgery could be the right choice, you can learn more about your options and discuss them with the spine specialists at SJMC.
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Laminectomy is a type of spinal surgery to remove the lamina. This part of the bone makes up the vertebra in the spine. Laminectomy may also be done to remove bone spurs or a slipped disk in your spine. This procedure takes the pressure off your spinal nerves.
It is also the most common surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. For this procedure, a surgeon removes parts of the bone, bone spurs, or ligaments located at your back. This relieves pressure on spinal nerves and eases pain or weakness.
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Another spine surgery commonly performed is spinal decompression and fusion. It takes the pressure off of pinched nerves or the spinal cord, and it stabilizes the spine.
Other types of back surgery include:
- Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
- Nucleoplasty, also known as plasma disk decompression
- Artificial disk replacement
When to Look for Neck & Spine Specialist Doctors?
Back surgery might be an alternative if conventional treatments are not effective, and your pain is continuing and disabling. Back surgery is frequently more reliable in relieving associated pain or numbness that goes down the arms or legs. These symptoms are commonly caused by compressed spinal nerves.
Spinal deformity, spinal infections, trauma, spine tumours and certain degenerative spine conditions, such as stenosis and herniated disks, may require surgical treatment. For the best outcome, it makes sense to consult our experienced spine surgery team.
Other reasons why you need back surgery are:
- Bone spurs in your spine (often caused by arthritis) that are putting pressure on your spinal cord
- A degenerative spinal condition like stenosis (narrowing of the protective bony canal around the spinal cord) that causes side effects, for example, weakness
Spine Surgeon and Neurosurgeons at SJMC
Many years ago, neurosurgeons were primarily responsible for spine surgery, but in the past 20 to 25 years, spine surgery has evolved, and now both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons specialise in spine surgery, and for most typical spine operations these surgeons are equally qualified.
An orthopaedic spine surgeon is a doctor who further specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Some orthopaedic spine surgeons exclusively treat certain spinal problems such as scoliosis and degenerative disorders.
At SJMC, our spine surgeons are doctors that have been specially trained and focus their daily practice on treating disorders of the spine. It is best to get regular health screenings and checkups for early detection. Be in touch with our team of surgeons to schedule an appointment.