Clínica Universidad de Navarra

Spinal surgery

  • Anterior cervical arthrodesis

    DEFINITION:  

    Arthrodesis is the irreversible fusing of two or more vertebral bones to eliminate back pain and improve patients stability

    DESCRIPTION:

    Anterior cervical arthrodesis is a less invasive procedure than the posterior one. It is performed through an incision in the front of the neck through which the intervertebral disc is replaced by implants or the patient's own bone.

    Screw-in plates are used to correct  the position of the vertebrae.

  • Lumbar laminectomy

    DEFINITION:

    A laminectomy consists of the resection of the posterior arch of a vertebra to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves and spinal cord caused by injury or by the appearance of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or a tumor.

    DESCRIPTION:

    The procedure is performed through an incision in the lumbar area through which the surgeon removes the “foil”, the bony arch at the back of the vertebra that is pressing on the nerve. He may also remove bony spurs and part or all of the intervertebral disc.