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Complex Spinal Reconstruction

    What Is Spinal Reconstruction Surgery?

    Spinal reconstruction surgery is a life-changing procedure performed to correct a spinal deformity or misalignment. Before any treatment, you need a top spinal surgeon to diagnose your condition and identify the deformed section of your spine. During the spinal surgery procedure, the surgeon removes damaged or diseased vertebrae and replaces it with an artificial device or a bone graft.

    Spinal reconstruction fuses the lower and upper vertebral bones to reduce your pain and allow you to return to a normal life. The spinal fusion procedure forms a single bone from several to stabilize your spinal column. If you’ve suffered chronic back pain and no other treatments have worked, spinal cord reconstruction surgery is an effective alternative.

    The advanced spinal procedure requires a trained surgeon and up-to-date equipment. At Premier Brain & Spine, you have access to the most experienced spinal specialists.

    These doctors rely on advanced techniques for a wide range of spinal problems, including:

    What Does Spinal Reconstruction Surgery Treat?

    Complex spinal reconstruction can correct a variety of spinal disorders. If diagnostic tests show damage to vertebrae that affects your spinal column, top doctors may recommend reconstructive surgery.

    Spinal reconstruction and fusion surgery treat issues that include:

    • Scoliosis. This spinal deformity makes your spine curve sideways.
    • Spondylolisthesis. This is a spinal deformity in which a vertebra in your spinal column slips out of position and onto the bone below it.
    • Kyphosis. Also known as hunchback, kyphosis is a spinal deformity that causes your upper spine to have an exaggerated front-to-back curve.
    • Herniated disc. This spinal condition from an intervertebral disc that suffers damage and spills part of its jelly-like center into the nearby spinal canal.
    • Spinal stenosis. This is the narrowing of your spinal canal, causing excruciating back pain because of nerve irritation.
    • A spinal injury. A fall or any form of trauma that causes a spinal injury increases the risk of disc damage.
    • Degenerative disc disease. With age, intervertebral discs and other vertebral bodies tend to wear out. You feel pain and other symptoms.
    • Spinal tumors. When tumors grow on your spine, they can pinch nerves and crowd into your spinal canal.
    • Spinal and compression fractures. Cracks or breaks in your vertebrae weaken the spine, requiring urgent treatment to avoid further degradation.
    • An unstable spine. Factors such as age-related degeneration, congenital defects, tumors and other problems weaken your spine and increase the risk of deformity.

    The best New Jersey orthopedics doctors perform spinal reconstruction to improve the symptoms related to vertebrae damage. The top surgeon at a NJ spine care center uses the latest diagnostic equipment before determining an individualized treatment plan.

    ★★★★★ Thank you!

    Dr. Singh spent a lot of time with me at my appointment, which I really appreciate. He thoroughly explained my condition and what was causing my pain and gave me a couple of options for treatment. It was nice to see such a knowledgeable spine surgeon that wants to work with you and figure out what’s best.

    Michael Wiley

    Am I a Candidate for Spinal Reconstruction Surgery?

    The only way to determine if spinal cord reconstruction is right for you is by consulting a spinal expert lie those at the neurosurgery centers at Premier Brain & Spine.

    Symptoms that may qualify you as a candidate for spinal reconstruction surgery include:

    • Excruciating pain caused by spinal deformities, spinal tumors, scoliosis or degenerative disc disease
    • Severe spinal symptoms that don’t respond to non-surgical reconstructive spinal care, including medication, physical therapy or back braces
    • A spinal deformity that’s getting worse
    • Spinal cord compression that limits your movement or causes back, leg and buttock pain
    • Struggling with fractures caused by osteoporosis
    • When your doctor recommends surgery in more than three spinal segments
    • Failed back surgery syndrome, including pain and loss of function
    • Co-occurring spinal disorders
    • A spinal tumor

    The best spinal surgeons use advanced diagnostic technology, including x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs and DEXA scans. With a comprehensive diagnosis, your doctor discusses spinal reconstruction as a treatment option. Visit any of the ten NJ and NY locations to get an accurate diagnosis and complex spinal reconstruction.

    How Is Spinal Reconstruction Surgery Performed?

    After your diagnosis, a top spinal doctor determines the reconstruction required for your spine. Your doctor chooses a technique based for you. Some procedures your doctor may recommend include artificial disc replacement, disc replacement surgery, spinal fusion, kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty or another surgical procedure. The length of the surgery depends on the complexity of your spinal deformity.

    The main steps included in spinal cord reconstruction surgery include:

    1. Preparation. Before the surgery, your doctor advises you to stop smoking and taking any medication that may affect the procedure.
    2. Sedation. An anesthetist administers general anesthesia to put you to sleep.
    3. Stabilization. Before removing the diseased vertebrae, your spinal surgeon uses screws and rods to stabilize the spine below and above the damaged bone. The fasteners also straighten the spine to restore your height.
    4. Removal of the diseased vertebrae. Your expert surgeon applies the best technique to remove the damaged vertebrae.
    5. Realignment. The doctor realigns your spine. The process helps correct the curvature or other defects while avoiding damage to the spinal cord. The corrective procedure is sensitive and requires specialized tools to remove the bone and realign the spine.
    6. Spinal fusion. The stabilizers in place hold your spine in position after removal of the damaged vertebrae. Your spinal surgeon inserts bone graft to promote fusion of the lower and upper vertebrae.

    Spinal reconstruction and fusion surgery are procedures that targets your specific issue. Your spinal specialist corrects the underlying cause of your spinal deformity, making your back seem more normal.

    What Should I Expect after Spinal Reconstruction Surgery?

    After your diagnosis, a top spinal doctor determines the reconstruction required for your spine. Your doctor chooses a technique based for you. Some procedures your doctor may recommend include artificial disc replacement, disc replacement surgery, spinal fusion, kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty or another surgical procedure. The length of the surgery depends on the complexity of your spinal deformity.

    The main steps included in spinal cord reconstruction surgery include:

    1. Reduced pain with back movement
    2. Temporary pain medication
    3. Physical therapy
    4. A temporary back brace to support your spine
    5. Immediate improvement of your deformity
    6. Full recovery in several month
    7. No strenuous activities that may affect your spine
    8. No smoking to promote bone healing

    Call us at (866) 590-0601 for more details about spinal reconstruction surgery or to arrange a face-to-face appointment with one of our spine experts. You may visit our neurosurgical center to learn why so many of our patients view us as the top surgeons in New York & New Jersey specialized in complex spinal reconstruction to address spinal cord abnormalities and alleviate assotiated symptoms.

    Updated on Dec 1, 2022 by Dr. David Wells-Roth (Neurosurgeon) of Premier Brain & Spine

    Premier Brain & Spine
    10 Parsonage Rd, Suite 208A
    Edison, NJ 08837
    (732) 258-0190