An anterior cervical discectomy is an operation performed on your upper spine to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc.
Wear and tear or injury in your neck can result in a narrowing of your spinal cord. Pressure on the nerves in this area can cause pain. An alternative to traditional spinal decompression uses surgical implants to replace damaged or diseased cervical discs.
Cervical spine surgery at Nuffield Health can take many forms, including myelopathy, cervical disc replacement, cervical neuropathy, cervical spondylitis and disc prolapse.
Your sympathetic nerves run down the front of your spine outside your spinal column.
Scoliosis is a curvature or bend of the spine. Symptoms of scoliosis can include back pain and intense nerve pain as nerves are compressed by the bend in your spine.
The dorsal root ganglion is the area of a spinal nerve that connects the nerves to your spine. This area sends impulses from nerves to your spinal cord.
An epidural anaesthetic involves injecting local anaesthetic into an area called the epidural space near your spinal cord.
An epidural is a type of pain-killing injection given by an anaesthetist.
A facet joint injection involves injecting local anaesthetics and sometimes steroids into or around a facet joint.
New technology now offers patients with spinal stenosis pain relief using small devices (called spacers).
A kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to correct an osteoporotic vertebral fracture and further stabilise your spine.
During a laminectomy the surgeon removes enough bone and tissue from the back of the spine to free trapped nerves.
During lumbar discectomy a surgeon will remove the herniated portion of a disc relieving the pressure on nearby nerves. The procedure is often performed with minimal invasion and often referred to as microdiscectomy.
A lumbar sympathetic block is an injection of local anesthetic into or around the sympathetic nerves.
A medial facetectomy is a procedure to release nerves trapped by diseased or injured facet joints.
Advances in medical technology mean many spinal procedures can now be performed as minimally invasive surgery.
Your parotid glands are salivary glands located just in front of your ear.
During spinal fusion your consultant used surgical plates, rods or screws to weld your spine together eliminating motion that caused you back pain.
Sacroiliac joint injections involve injecting anti-inflammatories or anaesthetic into problem areas.
Spinal decompression is a type of back surgery used to release trapped nerves in the lower (lumbar) spine.
Spinal anaesthetic, also known as a spinal block, is administered by injecting drugs into an area called the subarachnoid space near the spinal cord. Spinal anaesthesia can be used while you are awake or in combination with sedation or general anaesthetic.
Spinal fusion is an operation to weld or fuse together the small bones in your back eliminating motion that is causing back pain.
A vertebroplasy is a minimally invasive procedure to correct an osteoporotic vertebral fracture and further stabilise your spine.
A facet joint injection involves injecting local anaesthetics and sometimes steroids into or around a facet joint. The local anaesthetics numb the nerves to the facet joint to give pain relief. The steroids reduce inflammation and may make the pain relief last longer.