Treatments & Procedures
The orthopedic physicians and specialists at Doctors Hospital of Manteca offer a range of treatments for back problems, including surgery, pain management, rehabilitation or physical therapy.
See the information below on treatments and procedures for back pain relief.
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Anterior cervical corpectomy
An anterior cervical corpectomy is a procedure in which displaced bone that is pressing on nerves is removed from the neck. Removing this bone relieves symptoms such as pain, numbness and weakness.
Anterior cervical decompression surgery
Anterior cervical decompression surgery is a procedure in which any structures that are compressing nerves in the cervical (neck) portion of the spinal cord are removed. This relieves symptoms such as numbness, pain and weakness.
Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion
Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is a procedure in which bone fragments impinging on cervical (neck) spinal nerves are removed and a bone graft is added to restore stability lost due to bone removal.
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
During an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, a surgeon removes a faulty intervertebral disk and installs a metal, plastic or bone implant. This implant is supported with metal screws or rods for spinal alignment.
Arthroscopic spine surgery
During arthroscopic spine surgery, a small incision is made, an arthroscope is inserted and specialty equipment is used to correct a variety of spinal joint issues.
Artificial disk replacement
An artificial disk replacement procedure involves removal of the defective disk, installation of metal plates above and below the newly created space, and insertion of a polyethylene cushion between these metal plates.
Axial lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
During an ALIF procedure, a surgeon partially removes the faulty disk and inserts a bone graft surrounded by a metal cage, secured with metal screws or rods. Over time, the bone graft will grow and fuse together the surrounding lumbar vertebrae, or spinal bones.
Cervical disk arthroplasty
An artificial disk replacement procedure involves removal of the defective disk, installation of metal plates above and below the newly created space and insertion of a polyethylene cushion between these metal plates.
During a cervical laminoplasty, a surgeon cuts one side of the bone over the spinal cord and thins the other side of the bone. This procedure creates a bone "door" to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and it is kept open using metal plates.
Dorsal root ganglion stimulation
This procedure relieves pain using a device that delivers controlled electric impulses to the portion of the spinal nerve root responsible for the pain.
During an endoscopic decompression procedure, a surgeon removes bone that is compressing spinal nerves.
Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)
Extreme lateral interbody fusion is a procedure in which a surgeon fuses spinal bones together through an incision in the patient's side. This approach spares major back muscles, bones and ligaments.
Facet joint and synovial arthrography
Facet joint and synovial arthrography involves injecting the facet joints and synovial spaces, respectively, with contrast dye and taking a series of images. The injections may cause joint symptoms and pain to occur.
Facet nerve ablation
Facet nerve ablation involves using a high-frequency radio current to create a lesion on the facet nerve. This lesion reduces the excess nerve activity that causes pain and impedes arm or leg movement.
Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure that removes bone and soft tissues to increase the space through which a nerve travels.
Interspinous process fusion
Interspinous process fusion involves installing a metal implant between the bony spinous processes. The goal of this procedure is to relieve back pain and leg numbness caused by lumbar spinal stenosis.
During a kyphoplasty, a balloon is inserted into a vertebra, or bone in the spine, that has been fractured by osteoporosis. The cavity created by the balloon is then filled with bone cement.
Laminectomy / laminotomy
A laminectomy, also called a laminotomy, is removal of the lamina of the spine where it compresses nerves.
Laser spine surgery
Laser spine surgery involves using a laser to burn away soft tissue to remove disks, bone spurs or other structures causing spine-related pain.
Lumbar epidural steroid injection (ESI)
Injecting steroids near certain vertebrae, or bones in the spine, reduces pain and inflammation. These injections can be repeated up to three times.
Medial branch block
Using contrast dye and imagery, a physician injects anesthetic medication near the medial branch nerves. A longer-lasting pain medication may be injected at the same site.
Microdiscectomy (endoscopic or laparoscopic discectomy)
A surgeon removes the herniated portion of a disk through an extremely small incision to restore nerve function.
Percutaneous discectomy (nucleoplasty)
A surgeon uses a small radio-frequency probe to dissolve portions of the inside of the disk to reduce pressure, thus preserving spinal stability.
Percutaneous discectomy (lumbar or cervical)
A surgeon uses a small radio-frequency probe to dissolve portions of the inside of the disk. The surgeon only removes enough of the disc to reduce pressure, thus preserving spinal stability.
Percutaneous facet fusion
Percutaneous facet fusion involves inserting bone dowels into the facet joint. These dowels trigger extra bone growth, which fuses and stabilizes the facet joint.
Percutaneous interspinous process fusion
Interspinous process fusion involves installing a metal implant in between the bony spinous processes. The goal of this procedure is to relieve back pain and leg numbness caused by lumbar spinal stenosis.
Percutaneous pedicle screw fixation
During a percutaneous pedicle screw fixation, a surgeon installs screws and rods to stimulate bone fusion in the spine, adding extra support that reduces pain.
Posterior cervical foraminotomy
A posterior cervical foraminotomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing bone and soft tissues to increase the space through which the nerve root exits the spinal canal.
Posterior cervical fusion
During a posterior cervical fusion, a bone graft is taken from the hip and placed on the vertebrae, or spinal bones. When the vertebrae grow together, it creates a solid piece of bone that can correct neck dislocations and deformities.
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)
A posterior lumbar interbody fusion involves removing a problematic lumbar disk and replacing it with a bone graft.
Sacral nerve root stimulation
A sacral nerve root stimulation procedure involves placing electrodes along the sacral nerves. These electrodes emit a weak electrical current that interrupts transmission of pain signals.
Selective nerve root block (SNRB)
A selective nerve root block is an injection of medication around spinal nerve roots, in order to determine the cause of pain and relieve pain.
Spinal cord stimulation (neuromodulation)
During spinal cord stimulation, a small electrode is placed near the spinal cord to interrupt pain.
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion involves removing a faulty disk from the side and installing a metal cage that contains a bone graft. The cage provides support while the bone graft permanently fuses neighboring vertebrae, or bones in the spine.
Vertebroplasty involves injecting bone cement directly into a vertebra, or bone in the spine, that has become narrow. This procedure is most frequently used to relieve pain due to a recent compression fracture of the spine.
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