Surgery Options

At the West Michigan Spine Center, we offer a variety of options for neck, back, and spinal conditions. This includes many painless, convenient, and effective services that can relieve and eliminate pain. Unfortunately, with certain conditions surgery may be the only viable option. Our surgery team includes renowned orthopedic surgeons and experts in matters relative to the spine. We offer various minimally-invasive and non-invasive surgical options for the treatment of all adult and juvenile conditions.

Minimally-Invasive Surgery

Foraminotomy - This surgery relieves pressure on the nerves of the opening of the spinal column.  The surgeon makes an incision at the back of the neck and moves the muscle, revealing the bone underneath. The surgeon then cuts a small hole into the vertebra to remove the problematic bone or disk material.

Microdiscectomy – Typically utilized for ruptured, bulging, or herniated disks, the surgeon makes one small incision and inserts a small tube for a microscope and surgical instruments.

Facet Thermal Ablation – The surgeon uses a laser to clean the facet joint and then deadens the responsible nerves, thereby eliminating any pain.

Percutaneous Discectomy – The surgeon removes the herniated and/or bulging disc material, thus relieving pressure on spinal nerve roots.

Kyphoplasty – Often performed for bone fractures, fractures caused by osteoporosis, the surgeon makes two small incisions, inserts a tube into the vertebrae, and injects cement into the area. This prodecure usually results in rapid pain relief.

Minimally-Invasive Fusion – Surgeons use fusion with vertebral conditions such as fractures or scoliosis.  It only requires inch-long incisions to expose the vertebrae, anchoring the rods and screws to hold the spine in place during the healing process.

Laminectomy/Laminoplasty – These options typically accompany fusion procedures. With a laminectomy, the surgeon removes anything compressing the spinal cord such as bone spurs and ligaments. This relieves spinal cord pressure. Similarly, a laminoplasty involves opening, but not removing, obstacles. The surgeon expands the spinal canal and any nearby spinal levels.

Bone graft – The surgeon uses material to fill in space resulting from disk removal and along the vertebrae’s sides. The three types of material include: a) bone marrow from the hip (autografts); b) setting calcium phosphate cements; and c) bone matrix gel.

Non-Traumatic Surgery

Non-traumatic spine surgery procedures access and treat spinal pathology through a muscle splitting approach. This avoids stripping and traumatizing muscle tissues. Some of these procedures can be performed through an incision that is small enough to be closed with a band-aid instead of requiring stitches.

Traditional Surgery

We also offer all the traditional surgical options for your neck and upper or lower back pain treatment.