Procedures

UM Spine Network surgeons are practiced in nearly every type of surgical and non-surgical procedure to ensure that every patient receives the treatment that’s right for them. 

Cervical Disk Procedures:

  • Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion – Removal of bone spurs and disc that are compressing the spinal cord and nerves. Surgeons then fill the space with bone graft or a plastic cage for support.
  • Cervical deformity correction – Removal of bone and insertion of donor bone to correct forward rounding of the back (kyphosis).
  • Cervical laminectomy – Removal of the lamina, part of the vertebral bone, in the neck to relieve pressure and give the spinal cord more room. Performed using a back (posterior) incision.
  • Cervical laminoplasty – Thinning and cutting the lamina, part of the vertebral bone, to create a hinge-like structure in the neck. When the hinge is moved into an open position, pressure is alleviated and space is created in the spine.
  • Cervical tumor removal and reconstruction
  • Cervical Disk Replacement – After anterior cervical decompression, an artificial disk is inserted. One of the most popular (the Porous Coated Motion) was invented at University of Maryland.

Thoracolumbar Spinal Procedures:

  • Lumbar laminectomy – Removal of the lamina, part of the vertebral bone, in the lower back to relieve pressure and give the spinal cord more room. Performed using a back incision.
  • Interbody Fusion
    • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion – Surgeons remove the disc in the lower back and replace it with a bone spacer. By using a side incision, they can reach the disc without moving nerves or opening back muscles.
    • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) – Similar to a Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion, surgeons remove the disc in the lower back and replace it with a bone spacer. But with this procedure, they use a back incision.
    • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) – Surgeons use a front (anterior) incision to remove the disc in the lower back and replace it with a bone spacer.
  • Microdiscectomy – Removal of a herniated disc. Surgeons use a special microscope to view the disc and nerves and then make a smaller incision that causes less damage to surrounding tissue.

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