Spine Surgery in Princeton, NJ
Am I A Candidate for Spine Surgery?
At Princeton Neurological Surgery, we offer excellence in complex spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery to patients in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Dr. Lipani is a board certified, fellowship-trained spine surgery specialist. Common procedures include spinal fusion surgery, laminectomy and microdiscectomy. Dr. Lipani also treats patients who require revision spinal surgery and spine surgery patients who are considered too challenging to be treated at other institutions.
Deciding whether to undergo spine surgery can be a big decision for an individual. However, not all spine surgery is elective. For example, if the spinal cord is compromised to the point of interfering with neurologic function (e.g., arm or leg weakness and/or numbness), urgent spinal surgery may be recommended in an effort to preserve function. Delaying spine surgery in these cases may result in irreversible nerve damage. Often, non-urgent spinal conditions may develop into urgent conditions that gradually or suddenly compromise neurologic function. Typical symptoms that may require urgent spinal surgery include sudden onset of arm or leg weakness, numbness in the trunk, difficulty with fine hand motor control, gait clumsiness, spastic gait, bowel and/or bladder dysfunction and perianal numbness. In addition, debilitating back pain that does not respond to medication may also be an indication for urgent spine surgery,
Chronic back pain can be debilitating and as a sufferer you will have likely been in regular consultation with a specialist regarding your options. It may be comforting to learn that the majority of back pain sufferers do not require spine surgery. Most back pain results from muscle strain or spasm. Other common etiologies include chronic degenerative arthritic changes that affect the spinal column and intervertebral discs. Chronic conditions like these may be treated initially with physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, trigger point injections and epidural steroid injections. Unless the patient is suffering from a spinal condition that requires urgent surgical intervention, spine surgery is usually deferred until at least 6 weeks of conservative therapy that fails to control the patient’s symptoms. Our expert spine surgeon, Dr. John Lipani, is capable of providing you with the advice, recommendations and spine surgery procedure to assist you in living a full and comfortable life again.
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What Are Some Common Spinal Conditions Treated?
Frequent spinal conditions include:
- Lumbar Muscle Strain: Generally the most common cause of low back pain, with pain lasting usually a few weeks, the injury should heal naturally, but consultation with your doctor may be helpful.
- Herniated Disc (Ruptured Disc): Another common cause of back pain which can range in severity, how it is treated depends on the severity.
- Spinal Stenosis: May cause pain in the back, arms, or legs depending on the level of stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a term used to describe a narrowing of the bony canal through which a nerve root or spinal cord travels. Bony restriction around the spinal cord or nerve root may impair its function and result in symptoms.
- Lumbar Spine Arthritis: Affecting the joints in the spine, it can cause significant discomfort and pain even without moving.
- Osteoporosis: The weakening of bones can lead to painful compression fractures within the vertebrae.
- Spondylolisthesis: The destabilization of the spinal vertebrae when one vertebral body slips upon an adjacent vertebra. The slip may result in spinal cord and/or nerve root compression.
- Sciatica: Caused by damage or pinching of the sciatic nerve (large nerve that runs down the legs) and can be caused by a herniated or slipped disk, piriformis syndrome, pelvic injury, fracture or pelvic tumor.
Princeton Spine Surgery Procedures
Our team of experts headed by Dr. John Lipani, offers complex and minimally invasive spine surgery procedures, some of which are listed below:
- Cervical Spinal Surgery: Is used to correct part of the spine in the neck, including problems with the bones (vertebrae), discs, and nerves.
- Minimally-invasive Spinal Surgery: Similar to the aforementioned, our team of specialists will cater to your needs by developing a plan to ensure the quickest recovery following the best treatment.
- Spinal Surgery Lumbar: Is used to correct problems with the spinal bones (vertebrae), disks, or nerves of the lower back (lumbar spine).
- Spinal Surgery Thoracic: Is used to correct problems with the spinal bones (vertebrae), disks, or nerves of the mid back (thoracic spine).
- Spinal Fusion: Is a surgery that joins together two bones (vertebrae) in the spine. Fusion permanently joins two bones together so there is no longer movement between them that causes pain.
Please see the list below to select which Spine Surgery Procedure or Non-Surgical Spine Procedure you would like to learn more about.
All Spine Surgery Procedures
Non-Surgical Spine Procedures
Please Note: non-surgical procedures are listed for educational purposes only. We do not offer non-surgical procedures at Princeton Neurological Surgery. Patients requiring these procedures are referred to other local New Jersey specialists prior to committing to surgery at our practice.
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