Minimally Invasive Microdiscectom
Typically used to treat leg pain and numbness associated with a herniated disc, a microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves relieving the pressure on the spinal nerve root by removing the material causing the pain.
Also commonly referred to as a microdecompression, a microdiscectomy involves removing a small part of the bone over the nerve root, and/or a portion of disc material under the nerve root, both of which are a proven remedy for pain relief associated with a herniated lumbar disc.
Minimally Invasive Laminectomy
Most often used as a means of relieving the pain associated with spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal that is often caused by the formation of bony growths that can press against the nerve roots), this procedure is done by removing part of the spinal vertebrae, known as the lamina, so that the spinal nerve can be decompressed, and pain can be relieved.
The most common conditions that benefit from this procedure are:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Herniated Disc
- Arthritis of the Spine
Neck and Back Fusions
A procedure designed to mimic the normal healing process your body initiates when healing a broken bone, neck and back fusion (or more commonly referred to as spinal fusion) involves connecting (or fusing) two or more vertebrae in your spine. This is done to eliminate the natural motion between them, in an effort to improve stability and reduce pain.
This procedure is often recommended as treatment for the following conditions:
- Herniated disc: following the removal of a herniated disc, spinal fusion may be recommended to stabilize the spine and optimize the healing process.
- Spinal deformities: this procedure can often be used to assist in the correction of spinal curvatures found commonly in scoliosis.
- Spinal weakness or instability: abnormal or excessive motion between vertebrae (a common side effect of severe arthritis in the spine) can often result in pain and discomfort due to spinal instability. Spinal fusion is often recommended in such cases as a means of restoring stability in the spine and assisting with pain management.
Total Disc Replacement
Usually seen as an alternative to spinal fusion surgery, total disc replacement involves replacing a worn or degenerated disc in the lower part of your spine with an artificial disk made of metal or a combination of metal and plastic.
The most common candidates for total disc replacement include those with chronic back pain and if you meet the following criteria:
- Your back pain most commonly originates from one or two specific discs in your lower spine
- You are not excessively overweight
- You do not have significant joint disease or nerve compression in your spine
- You do not have scoliosis or any other spinal deformity
- You have no previous history of spinal surgery
A minimally invasive procedure used to treat vertebral compression fractures, kyphoplasty involves inflating a balloon into the fractured area to restore bone height and then injecting bone cement into the vertebral body.
Fractures may occur as a result of conditions such as osteoporosis or trauma to the spine and this procedure is done to relieve the back pain that accompanies these types of spinal fractures.
Scoliosis correction is a procedure done to address the spinal curvatures (commonly found in those suffering from scoliosis) through bone grafting, strategic hardware placement and spinal fusion. To begin, your surgeon will attempt to straighten the curvature in your spine by using hardware and bone grafts. Graft material can be taken from several locations, including the hip and from the spine itself.
Hardware will then be used to hold the spine straight while the grafted material is used to fuse the existing bone together in a manner that supports the spinal correction. Fused spinal sections become solid and immovable, which ensures that spine stays straight and the correction remains sustainable.
About Dr. Mike-Mayer
Dr. Henrik Mike-Mayer, MD is an Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Rockwall, TX., with more experience in corrective spinal procedures than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Baylor Scott and White and Methodist Hospitals.
A fellowship-trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon specializing in the non-operative and surgical treatment of spinal disorders, Dr. Mike-Mayer completed his undergraduate degree at Drake University, earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School and received his Orthopedic training while acting as Chief Resident at the Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education in New Jersey.
He also fulfilled a one-year spine fellowship in ‘disorders of the spine’ at Texas Back Institute and continues to be involved in research and physical education.
To ensure the highest quality of patient care, Dr. Mike-Mayer and his staff carefully and thoroughly evaluate each and every patient’s condition and provide customized non-operative and surgical care to improve their spinal health, based on their individual needs.
Dr. Mike-Mayer manages a wide-range of spinal cases from children, adults and geriatric patients, to injured workers and sports-related injuries