About Treatments Blog


15 Valley Drive, 2nd Floor, Greenwich, CT 06831


203-785-2807 Contact
Home About Treatments Blog


15 Valley Drive, 2nd Floor, Greenwich, CT 06831


203-785-2807 Contact

Diseases of the spine

Spinal stenosis, disc herniations, deformities, fractures, degenerative disease and tumors that lead to loss of motor and sensory function, pain, and if untreated, paralysis. There are surgical and non-surgical treatments but I will discuss the surgical bellow. These surgical approaches are not exhaustive, but are the more commonly encountered.


Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

This is a procedure that is performed in a one-day surgery setting, minimally invasively.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Arthroplasty (artificial disc replacement)

This is a similar procedure to the ACDF, with the difference that after the herniated disc is removed, instead of fusing the two adjacent vertebrae.

Posterior cervical laminectomies, with or without fusion

This procedure is generally performed for spinal stenosis, but can also be the first stage in a tumor resection.

Suboccipital craniotomy, with or without a fusion

This procedure is performed for obstructions like Arnold -Chiari malformations, or tumors at the cranio-cervical junction.

Thoracic laminectomy with and without a fusion

There are many diseases that may require this surgery, and what they have in common is alleviating compression (stenosis) of the spinal cord. Resection of tumors, diversion of cysts (syrinx), and reducing a fracture require the removal of the back part of the vertebrae (laminae).

Trans-thoracic Vertebrectomy and/or Discectomy with and without a fusion

This procedure is reserved for tumors and discs that compress the thoracic spinal cord from the front.

Lumbar laminectomy, discectomy with and without fusion

This is a procedure to remove tumors or alleviate the stenosis of the lumbo-sacral nerves (the spinal cord ends at the first lumbar level).

Minimally Invasive lumbar discectomies with and without fusion

These procedures are performed via 2-3 cm incisions and are often accessed through a narrow cylinder that dilates the para-spinal muscles.