Spine Surgery

Pain and disability due to chronic pain and problems with the spine affect thousands of Canadians each year. Fortunately, there are safe and effective treatments available to Canadians through Clearpoint Health. These include the removal of painful discs that bulge and compress nerves (micro-discectomy) as well as fusion and instrumentation solutions for degenerative disease of the spine.

Get Spine Surgery with Clearpoint Health

Patients across Canada choose Clearpoint Health’s private medical clinics for spine surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcomes with this technique. We are committed to helping you regain full motion in your spine so that you can go back to your daily activities. We strive to provide exceptional pre and post-operative care. Combined with our patient centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience. Explore your options for private healthcare in Canada and learn how you can access private spine surgery at Clearpoint Health. We are a network of accredited private clinics across Canada, with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy for Sciatica

Lumbar discectomy is carried out by a spine surgeon to treat sciatica. Sciatica occurs when a bulging disc in the lower back pinches and inflames a nerve that travels from the spine to the leg. The resulting pain in the leg can be very severe and is often accompanied by numbness, tingling and weakness of the leg. Daily activities and sleep are frequently disrupted by the pain.

In the majority of cases, sciatica gets better on its own within a few weeks to months, but in some patients, the pain does not go away completely or is so severe that they can’t wait the necessary length of time for it to improve. In these patients, surgery to remove the herniated disc fragment can be very helpful.

This surgery is done under a general anaesthetic. The diseased disc is accessed through a small (about 1 inch) incision and the disc is removed with specially designed instruments, using the microscope to help identify and protect the nerve root. The incision is closed with dissolving sutures and patients are able to go home the same day.

Spinal Decompression Caused by Spinal Stenosis

Spinal decompression is carried out by a spinal surgeon to treat claudication, a condition characterized by pain, numbness, tingling and weakness that comes on during standing or walking, or moving the arm and goes away with rest.

Claudication occurs when a narrowing of the spinal canal (called spinal stenosis) pinches the nerves travelling from the spine and limits blood flow to those nerves. The resulting pain can significantly limit activities and patients may need a cane or a walker to be able to go any distance outside the house.

Many patients develop spinal stenosis later in life as a result of degenerative arthritis of the spine. This can cause a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal that goes unnoticed until the nerves are sufficiently pinched.

Decompression surgery treats the symptoms of spinal stenosis such as activity-induced pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. If left untreated, these symptoms can be brought on by less and less activity and in some cases can even disrupt sleep. Surgery is recommended if patients find that their ability to mobilize is restricted by pain and their quality of life is significantly decreased.

Lumbar decompression is done under a general anaesthetic. The spine is accessed through a small incision and the spinal canal is enlarged with specially designed instruments, using the microscope to help identify and protect the nerve roots. The incision is closed with dissolving sutures and a waterproof skin adhesive. Patients are able to go home the same day.

Recovery After Spine Surgery

After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay. A patient must have someone on-hand to drive them home. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on what is necessary to optimize recovery. Patients are instructed to limit their activities and avoid bending and lifting until their first follow up visit at 4-6 weeks. Walking is encouraged. After the first follow up visit they can commence physiotherapy and gradually start to increase their activities. Full recovery usually occurs between 3 and 6 months after the surgery.

Next steps: Book your Spine Surgery consultation

If you are ready to discuss your spine surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your healthcare options, your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications