Surgical Spine Procedures
We offer an extensive range of traditional and minimally
invasive spinal surgical procedures. Our physicians will help identify the best
surgical technique and post-surgery rehabilitation exercises for your specific
spine condition. Our goal is to restore and strengthen your back to the highest
level of functioning.
Conventional Spine Surgeries
With the expertise of our surgeons, many conventional
surgeries may be performed with a minimally invasive incision to decrease your
Cervical Fusion: A disk removal and spine fusion surgery through a small
incision in the front of the neck.
Cervical Diskectomy: A posterior disk rupture is removed from the back to
preserve motion at the joint.
Diskectomy or Decompression: A surgery, using a microscope, to remove all
or part of a herniated disk or spinal stenosis to relieve pain.
- Foraminatomy: A decompression surgery to widen the opening in the back where nerve
roots leave the spinal canal, which relieves pressure.
- Laminectomy: Bone spurs, or enlarged bone structures that have formed in the spinal
canal, are removed.
Fracture Surgery: A surgery to repair broken or fractured vertebrae in
Fusion: A surgery to join together vertebrae in the spine that have
moved out of alignment.
Tumor Treatment: A procedure to surgically remove spine tumors
surrounding the spinal cord.
Malformations: An open spine surgery to repair or remove an abnormal
connection between veins and arteries in your spine that creates a lesion.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries
Cervical Micro Decompression: A minimally invasive technique to remove a
cervical desk rupture or bone spur in the neck, from the back. Wake Forest
Baptist is the leading hospital in the region to perform this procedure.
Minimally Invasive Decompression: A minimally invasive technique to treat a
ruptured disk or spinal stenosis in the lower back. Wake Forest Baptist
developed the technique widely used today.
Augmentation (also known as Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty): A minimally
invasive method to strengthen a weak, collapsed bone in the vertebrae. A
rapid-setting cement injection, like acrylic super glue, hardens the bone and
Invasive Lumbar Fusion (MIDLIF): A lumbar decompression and fusion is performed
through a minimally invasive incision from the posterior.
Invasive Lumbar Fusion or Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF): A lumbar
decompression and fusion is performed through a minimally invasive incision
from the patient’s side.
or Deformity Correction Surgery: A surgery to repair abnormal spinal
curving by straightening the spine and aligning the shoulders and hips. Screws
and rods are used to build internal scaffolding and restore normal alignment to