Conditions We Treat
The number of conditions eligible for treatment through minimally invasive spine surgery continues to grow. Conditions that are currently treatable include:
- Compression fractures. Fractures that most often occur in the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine in elderly patients with osteoporosis. Compression fractures can cause acute back pain that worsens upon standing.
- Congenital spinal disorders. A congenital deformity of the spine may occur because of a genetic or developmental abnormality. Any region of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacrum) can be affected. Surgery may be required to stabilize the spine to allow for proper growth.
- Degenerative/arthritic disc disease and back pain. "Wear-and-tear" changes in the bones, ligaments, and discs of the spine, which can lead to pain, weakness, or numbness.
- Herniated disc (cervical, thoracic, lumbar). As a result of trauma or "wear-and-tear" changes of the spine, a portion of the disc bulges out of place and may put pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots, producing back and leg pain, weakness, or numbness.
- Scoliosis. An abnormal curvature of the spine that in severe cases may be associated with pain, decreased mobility, and heart and lung problems. Depending on the degree of curvature, surgery may be required to realign the spine for cosmetic purposes as well as to resolve pain, weakness, or shortness of breath.
- Spinal infections/osteomyelitis. Infection located in the vertebrae (bones), discs or surrounding muscles of the spine. Along with antibiotics, surgery may be necessary to effectively clear the infection.
- Spinal instability and spondylolisthesis. Slippage of one vertebra in front of the other, which can cause severe back and leg pain.
- Spinal trauma. Damage to bone, ligaments, and muscles that can destabilize the spine. The spinal cord can also suffer trauma. Surgery may be necessary to stabilize the spine and prevent further injury.
- Spinal tumors. As they grow, malignant (aggressive) and benign (non-cancerous) tumors are often removed because they may cause structural instability in the spine, leading to fractures. Spinal tumors may also put direct pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, causing pain, weakness, or numbness.
- Spinal stenosis. Compression of the spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck and lower back.
We can help
For an appointment with a physician who performs minimally invasive spine surgery, please call The Mount Sinai Health System at 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624). We are conveniently located on the Upper East Side of New York City.
Tel: 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624)