Orthopedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists Located in San Antonio and South Texas
Orthopedic Surgery Q & A
When spinal issues compromise your quality of life, causing pain and restricting mobility, orthopedic surgery becomes a viable solution. The orthopedic surgeons at South Texas Spinal Clinic, specializing in spinal surgery, possess extensive training and experience. To receive an expert evaluation of your condition and discuss your candidacy for surgery, contact their office in the San Antonio or South Texas area or conveniently book an appointment online.
Orthopedic Surgery Q & A
What Services are Provided by Orthopedic Surgeons?
Orthopedic surgeons address a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions in individuals of all ages. Apart from their surgical expertise, they offer various nonsurgical treatments, including medications and specialized joint or muscle injections for pain relief. Additionally, the team at South Texas Spinal Clinic oversees a physical therapy and rehabilitation center, delivering essential services for pain relief, strength rebuilding, functional improvement, and post-injury and surgery recovery.
What are the Different Types of Orthopedic Surgery?
As spine specialists, the orthopedic surgeons at South Texas Spinal Clinic frequently perform surgeries such as:
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Relieving nerve compression caused by a ruptured disc in the cervical spine (neck) through a small incision in the front of the neck. The damaged disc is removed and replaced with a small bone graft that gradually fuses with the adjacent vertebrae.
Lumbar Laminectomy: Alleviating compressed nerves in the lower back (lumbar spine) by removing the lamina, the flat portion of the vertebrae covering the nerve, thus relieving nerve pressure.
Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy: Utilizing an operating microscope and specialized microsurgical techniques to remove the portion of a ruptured or herniated disc pinching the nerve.
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery involves small incisions and specialized surgical instruments inserted through tubes. An endoscope with a video camera provides a magnified, three-dimensional view of the surgical area. The benefits include quicker healing, less blood loss, minimal scarring, and reduced trauma to the body. The surgeons at South Texas Spinal Clinic also perform robot-assisted surgery, enhancing precision and capabilities beyond human hands.