The Torrance Memorial Back and Spine Center offers nationally-ranked back
and neck pain care through an integrated and comprehensive team of board-certified
specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedics, pain management, physical medicine
and rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy.
The Back and Spine Center is able to care for all types of problems affecting
the spine and peripheral nerves. The multi-disciplinary team works with
each patient to develop a customized treatment approach designed to their
specific condition. Treatment options include advanced minimally invasive
spine surgery techniques offering patients shorter hospital stays, less
post-operative pain and quicker return to normal activities.
Back and Spine Care Options
Torrance Memorial Back and Spine Center offers comprehensive specialized
care and a variety of treatment options for diseases of the spine and
peripheral nerves, degenerative diseases of the spine, spinal deformities
like scoliosis, disc disease, complex spinal tumors, Chiari malformations, and more.
Torrance Memorial is home to over 60 board-certified orthopedic doctors
to provide comprehensive exams and diagnose causes of joint pain. Torrance
Memorial has advanced imaging technologies and facilities to give our
orthopedists the most accurate information to treat orthopedic injuries
and conditions, offering convenience for patients needing
X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and other imaging
Back and Spine Surgery
Torrance Memorial Medical Center, clinics and physician offices provide
advanced orthopedics care. Treatment options for back and spine may include
but not limited to:
Disc Replacement Surgery
Surgical disc replacement can bring welcome pain relief to patients suffering
from degenerative disc disease. Artificial disc replacement surgery may
be an option for patients who are unable to find relief from their pain
with non-surgical treatments. This procedure involves removal of the damaged
disc and insertion of two metal plates into the space that remains. These
are anchored by metal spikes around which bone will eventually grow. A
polyethylene spacer placed between the plates serves as sort of a shock
absorber for the back or neck.
Lumbar Spine Fusion
Age and a lifetime of physical activity may cause cartilage damage in the
lumbar region (the lower portion of the spine) that occurs with age, leading
to low back pain which is one of the most frequent complaints bringing
patients to a doctor's office. Spinal fusion may be recommended if
more conservative treatments, including physical therapy or medication,
do not bring relief.
Spinal fusion surgery fuses the bones together permanently. This can be
accomplished in several different ways. Bone graft material can be placed
over the spine or between the vertebrae or a special cage can be packed
with the material and inserted between the vertebrae.
The graft may come from different places, including another body part (usually
the pelvic bone), from a bone bank, or it may be made from a synthetic
bone substitute. Rods and screws may be required for additional support.
Lumbar spine fusion can be done utilizing minimally invasive techniques
and the da Vinci Surgical System. This robotic surgery system allows surgeons
to visualize in three dimensions, providing multi-angle views that aren't
possible with a traditional open or laparoscopic approach. An anterior
(front) fusion on the lumbar (lower) spine is a common surgery for various
conditions, for instance a degenerative disc disease.
This minimally invasive treatment can provide relief for patients with
compression fractures of the spine. Kyphoplasty involves making a small
incision in the back, through which a narrow tube is threaded into the
fractured area of the spine. Under x-ray guidance a small balloon is inserted
through the tube and into the fracture. The balloon is inflated, gently
raising the collapsed vertebra back to its normal position while also
compressing the soft inner bone to create a void inside the vertebra.
Deflating the balloon, the surgeon injects bone cement into the cavity,
which hardens and helps to stabilize the vertebra.
A laminectomy may be recommended for patients experiencing pressure on
the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This pressure can be caused by a variety
of issues, including a herniated disc or bony growths within the spinal
canal. A laminectomy may be recommended if conservative treatments, including
physical therapy and medications, don't provide relief and symptoms
are severe and worsening.
Also known as decompression surgery, this procedure is most commonly performed
on the lower back and neck. The lamina is the back part of the vertebra
that covers the spinal cord. Laminectomy involves the removal of the lamina
from one or more vertebrae through a small incision, which relieves the
painful pressure. During the procedure the surgeon also clears out bone
fragments that press on the nerve roots and checks the nerves to make
sure they're no longer being pinched.
After having orthopedic surgery, it is important to make rehabilitation,
including all appointments and related activities, a priority in your
life. Full participation in rehab will help you recover quickly and will
also increase the likelihood that you'll be happy with the results
of the surgical procedure.
Torrance Memorial's highly trained rehabilitation services team is
here to help you every step of the way. Our team includes skilled physical
and occupational therapists who work to meet the individual needs of every
patient in our on-site rehabilitation unit and gymnasium.
But be aware that the single most important participant in your health
care team is... you!
Why Choose Torrance Memorial Orthopedics
The 5th largest private orthopedic hospitals in Los Angeles County, designed as
a CalPERS preferred center, and named a Blue Distinction Center for high
quality spine surgery care by BlueCross BlueShield.
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