We provide a number of services, both operative and non-operative, to our patients. Because many conditions stabilize over time, appropriate diagnostic and non-operative measures as often pursued as a first line of treatment. For severe conditions, neurological dysfunction and failed non-operative treatment, surgery may be recommended.
At the Spine Center at VOSM, our philosophy is to perform surgeries using the most minimally invasive techniques while still ensuring full recovery and reducing the risk of complications or future conditions.
Spinal Cord Decompression
In this procedure, a high-speed drill is used to create a window in the bone overlying the spinal cord. This window is used to remove any compression or impingement of the spinal cord, often caused by a protruding disc, tumor or proliferation of bone. The surgical approach and extent of the decompression both depend on the underlying neurological condition.
Variations of Spinal Cord Decompression
- Dorsal Laminectomy
- Ventral Slot Procedure (Cervical Spine)
Tumor Biopsy and/or Removal
Cancer affecting the nervous system is a condition that can affect our four-legged family members. It's vital to obtain samples to definitely diagnose these conditions and suggest appropriate therapy. For certain types of cancer, removing the bulk or the entirety of the tumor may significantly improve both clinical sciences and the quality of life.
A number of conditions are linked to instability of the vertebral column. Be it a fracture, a congenital instability or just a small amount of movement causing chronic trauma to the spinal cord, our goal is to prevent further movement and allow the spinal cord and vertebrae to heal appropriately.
With these procedures, the vertebrae are returned to normal alignment and surgical implants are meticulously placed. The function of these implants is to provide strength and stability to the vertebral column so the bones can properly heal.
Common Neurological Conditions