Lumbar Disc Hernation (Slipped Disc)
Common condition that often results in sciatica, or leg pain. Our surgeons perform a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure known as microdiscectomy through an 18 mm (less than 1 inch) incision. Most patients experience significant pain relief and are home the same day or following day. The link below directs to a symptom calculator, sponsored by Dartmouth School of Medicine and Consumer Reports, and can help you understand how surgery can help.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative condition that often results in neurogenic claudication, or pain in the legs that worsens with walking. Dr Desai utilizes minimally invasive techniques when appropriate such as the unilateral (one sided) approach for bilateral decompression. The link below, sponsored by Consumer Reports and Dartmouth School of Medicine, can help you understand how surgery can help.
Thoracolumbar Compression Fractures
These fractures can often result in axial mechanical back pain, or non radiating pain that is worse with standing or sitting. A major risk factor for compression fractures is osteoporosis, or weak bones. This can result from minor trauma. Sometimes compression fractures can also be a presenting sign for certain cancers such as multiple myeloma. Our surgeons are skilled in performing a unipedicular approach for balloon kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive option compared to standard kyphoplasty.