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The spine is the most integral segment of the human body. Not only is it complex in its neurological and anatomical make up, but it is also delicate when it comes to potential conditions. Our mission as your spine surgeon in Las Vegas, NV is to help you become educated about the issues at hand so that the safest possible treatment is recommended.

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These procedures can help with:

  • - Shooting pain down the arm
  • - Pain in the traps or deltoids
  • - Weakness in the hands or fingers
  • - Numbness in the hands or fingers

These procedures can help with:

  • - Shooting pain down the legs or buttock
  • - Back pain or aching continuously
  • - Weakness in the legs
  • - Numbness in the legs

These procedures can help with:

  • - Shooting pain down in all limbs
  • - Back pain or paralysis
  • - Weakness in all limbs
  • - Numbness in all limbs

About Procedure

Artificial Disc Replacement

Cervical Artificial Disc replacement is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon performs an anterior cervical discectomy to decompress the nerve roots and the spinal cord. Following the discectomy, the surgeon will place a mechanical disc that replaces the natural disc allowing for full range of motion.

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Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion

Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon performs an anterior cervical discectomy to decompress the nerve roots and the spinal cord. Following the discectomy, a surgeon will place an inter body graft that replaces the natural disc. In addition the surgeon will place a plate and screws to stabilize the segment until fusion occurs between the two vertebrae.

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Posterior Cervical Fusion

Posterior Cervical Fusion is a procedure where a surgeon performs a decompression from an incision made posteriorly. Following the decompression, a surgeon will place screws and rods in order to stabilize the segment until fusion occurs between the instrumented levels.

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Cervical Microdiscectomy

Cervical Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon performs a discectomy from a tiny incision made posteriorly. Using special instruments, the surgeon removes herniated or bulging disc material from the compressed nerve root or spinal cord at the level that is causing pain.

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Cervical Microdecompression

A Cervical Microdecompression is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon performs a decompression from a tiny incision made posteriorly. Using special instruments, the surgeon removes bony elements that are obstructing the nerve root or spinal cord as a result of stenosis.

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Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement

Lumbar Artificial Disc replacement is a procedure where a surgeon performs an anterior lumbar discectomy to decompress the nerve roots and the spinal cord. Following the discectomy, the surgeon will place a mechanical disc that replaces the natural disc allowing for full range of motion.

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Anterior Lumbar Interbody & Fusion

Anterior Lumbar Interbody & Fusion is a procedure where a surgeon performs an anterior lumbar discectomy to decompress the nerve roots and the spinal cord. Following the discectomy, the surgeon will place an inter body graft that replaces the natural disc. In addition the surgeon will either place a plate and screws to stabilize the segment until fusion occurs between the two vertebrae. In some instances, both an anterior lumbar inter body & Fusion and a posterior lumbar interbody fusion is recommended.

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Transforaminal Interbody Fusion

A Transforaminal interbody Fusion is a procedure where a surgeon performs a posterior discectomy and decompression to provide relief for the nerve roots and the spinal cord. To replace the natural disc that has been removed, a surgeon will place an inter body device and pedicle screws in order to stabilize the two segments in order for fusion to take place.

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Posterior Lumbar Fusion

A Posterior Lumbar fusion is a procedure where a surgeon performs a posterior discectomy and decompression to provide relief for the nerve roots and the spinal cord. A surgeon will then use pedicle screws and rods in order to stabilize the segment of interest in order to facilitate fusion between the two vertebrae.

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Lumbar Microdiskectomy

Lumbar Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon performs a discectomy from a tiny incision made posteriorly. Using special instruments, the surgeon removes herniated or bulging disc material from the compressed nerve roots or spinal cord at the level that is causing pain.

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Lumbar Microdecompression

A Lumbar Microdecompression is a minimally invasive procedure where a surgeon performs a decompression from a tiny incision made posteriorly. Using special instruments, the surgeon removes bony elements that are obstructing the nerve root or spinal cord as a result of stenosis.

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Scoliosis Correction

Scoliosis correction can be corrected by several different surgical procedures depending on the patients anatomy and the surgeons preference. Usually, surgeons place several screws and rods in order to realign an abnormal curvature in the spine to a normal alignment.

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Trauma

Spine trauma is most often treated with a procedure that includes pedicle screws and rod placement. In addition it is possible that a cage might be needed to replace a fractured vertebral body depending on the severity of the injury. There are many different types of spine trauma and it is best to discuss the specifics of your pain with a surgeon in person.

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Tumor

Spinal tumors are most often treated with a dissection or removal of the tumor followed by screws and rods in order to stabilize the segments of interest. In addition, it is possible that a cage might be needed to replace a vertebral body with a tumor. There are several types of tumors related to the spine and it is best to discuss the specifics of your pain with a surgeon in person.

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Outstanding doctor!!!! Went to my first visit and wow he was absolutely awesome. He thoroughly explained to me everything about my case and I knew the first time when I left his office I was very confident he was the right surgeon.

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Just had a complex cervical spine surgery performed by Dr. Poelstra. My osteoporosis certainly made the surgery more of a challenge. Dr. Poelstra devoted a lot of time and attention to my particular problems before coming up with a solution. Am also thrilled to report not only did the surgery go well, but I have experienced zero pain and am still pain free, 3 weeks post-surgery.

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