The best surgical outcome occurs when the right procedure is performed in the right way on the right patient. That’s why we design each surgical strategy to fit the unique needs of each patient; your needs, your anatomy, your success story. At Axis Spine Center, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions.
No question is too big or too small for our team. If it matters to you, then it matters to us. We want to hear from our patients so we can help and guide them in the best way possible.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
At Axis Spine Center, we want to make your surgical intervention as minimally invasive and non-disruptive as possible. That’s why we employ only cutting-edge techniques that allow us to effectively achieve your surgical goals. These techniques focus on minimizing blood loss, reducing dissection, preserving muscle tissue, and shortening incisions:
· Anterior fusion
· Lateral fusion
· Percutaneous instrumentation
· Endoscopic or minimally invasive decompression
· Minimally invasive interbody fusion
· Minimally invasive sacroiliac (SI) joint stabilization
Now, we don’t expect each of our patients to know what these are, especially if this is your first procedure. If you have any questions about our techniques, procedures, or anything else, call our center, and we will guide you through it.
Spinal fusion is a surgery used to permanently connect several vertebrae in your spine and eliminate any motion between them. We’ve found that this isn’t necessary for most surgical interventions unless there is troubling instability or severe degeneration present. What’s often more effective is the decompression of the nervous tissue. We will use the following techniques to decompress and avoid fusion whenever possible:
· Cervical disc replacement
· Lumbar disc replacement
· Cervical laminoplasty
· Decompressive lumbar laminectomy without fusion
Revision Spinal Care
Often, our specialists are caring for patients that have been previously operated on. Given the complexity of the human spine and the number of conditions that can affect it, even a completely successful primary surgical procedure may later require a follow-up. Each step of the revision procedure is designed with our end goal in mind: avoiding an unnecessary return to the operating room.
We will carefully and thoughtfully design your surgical plan, going over each part of the process with you before we begin. Like each of our surgical interventions, we’ll approach this one with effective, minimally invasive, and motion-preserving techniques.
Simply put, deformity correction is the process of using surgical intervention to adjust or modify bone that grows incorrectly because of an underlying condition or disease. Degenerative changes in the spine can worsen these deformities. At Axis Spine Center, we work to set them straight. Even limited surgical procedures will be designed to avoid worsening deformities by restoring normal spine alignments and preserving stabilizing structures.
Spinal alignment, biomechanics, and surgical procedures are each designed to restore the overall proper function and alignment of the spine. After all, a healthy spine is a healthy body. It all starts here. With poor spinal alignment, advanced degenerative changes and other damaging conditions may lead to severe deformities. Scoliosis is an example of one underlying deformity that may require correction. Individualized, complex, and compassionate surgical care can help increase quality of life, restore spinal balance, and prevent further progression of the deformity.
During preoperative planning, we’ll discuss individual patient parameters, such as age, activity level, bone quality, and the severity of the deformity. This will help us provide a unique and highly personalized surgical plan, determine the appropriate techniques and implants, and effectively restore function and balance to your spine. We work with the best hospitals in the region to provide safe and effective spinal care. We also employ the most up-to-date procedures, surgical philosophies, and techniques to correct mild to severe deformities.
Complex Spinal Trauma
In the case of complex spinal trauma care, you need a surgeon who understands injuries and their effects on spinal biomechanics. Dr. Kent, the co-owner of Axis Spine, received advanced spine trauma fellowship training at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Following his fellowship, he practiced in the military, both at home and abroad, in peace and in war, gaining an immeasurable wealth of experience in treating injured spines.
Dr. Kent believes in the appropriate use of both time-honored and cutting-edge technologies, along with minimally invasive procedures to effectively stabilize the traumatized spine. He will work with you to determine the best treatment, method, and technique to move forward with during your preoperative planning stage.
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Care
Despite frequently being the cause of low back pain (in about 20-30% of cases), the sacroiliac joint is often overlooked, misunderstood, or ignored. Thankfully, we understand its importance. If we can distinguish sacroiliac joint-related issues from other spinal sources of pain and dysfunction, we can develop an effective treatment strategy and avoid unnecessary surgeries.
At Axis Spine, we employ several conservative measures to treat sacroiliac joint pain to accomplish these goals. When conservative treatment is not sufficient, we also offer minimally-invasive surgical sacroiliac joint stabilization for carefully selected patients.