Treating neck, back and spine conditions in Fredericksburg
Our spine surgeons work with patients to identify the cause of back or neck pain and create an individualized treatment plan. We specialize in cervical spine procedures to treat neck issues, including:
- Anterior cervical fusion
- Posterior cervical fusion
- Non-fusion procedures:
- Artificial disc replacement
- Posterior cervical laminoplasty
- Revision surgery
Our spine doctors also perform lumbar spine procedures to treat lower back conditions, including:
Anterior, lateral, and posterior lumbar fusions
- Revision surgery
Minimally-invasive spine surgery
Our orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Usman Zahir, has collaborated with surgeons from around the world to fine-tune new endoscopic techniques for lumbar disc herniations and spinal stenosis. Dr. Zahir is one of only a few surgeons in the Virginia/Maryland/D.C. area to specialize in these spine procedures.
The surgical technique
Dr. Zahir practices minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery with the goal of targeting the area that is the primary source of pain. An endoscope is a medical device that allows a surgeon to examine and operate on internal parts of the body, using only small incisions. In some cases, surgical incisions may be as small as 7 millimeters (mm), or roughly 1/3 of an inch. By pinpointing the exact area that is causing the pain, some patients can be spared from extensive fusions or other unnecessary spinal procedures.
Dr. Zahir's precise endoscopic surgical technique is highly successful, even in patients with extensive back problems, such as multiple disc herniations or evidence of multilevel degenerative disc disease. The goal is to address the source of the patient's back and/or leg pain, while doing the least amount of harm in the process.
The use of endoscopic spine surgery is common in Europe and Asia, and gaining popularity in the United States.
Although not every patient is a candidate for endoscopic spine surgery, "The technological basis for endoscopic spine surgery is not new," said Zahir. "The use of scopes are common with knee, hip, and shoulder arthroscopy. It was only a matter of time that advancements in instrumentation, techniques, and optics would allow us to perform similar procedures in the spine."
While endoscopic spine surgery cannot address all conditions of the spine, it offers patients a truly minimally invasive treatment option. In many cases, the patient can go home only a few hours after surgery.