Dr. Melamed specializes in surgeries for the lumbar spine in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
There are five or six vertebrae that comprise the lumbar spine, which is located just below the rib cage extending down to the pelvic region. These lumbar vertebrae and the tiny intervertebral discs in between make up the most extensive portion of the entire spinal column. Without the lumbar spine, we could not have the same levels of upward mobility because this region of the spine is largely responsible for supporting our body weight. Because these tiny vertebrae are so active throughout the day, the lumbar spine is highly susceptible to injury, trauma, and disease, which can often lead to chronic back pain and other disorders.
Available Surgical Procedures of the Lumbar Spine in Los Angeles
- Herniated Disc and Degenerative Disorders
- Lumbar Spine Stenosis
- Lumbar Traumas
- Lumbar Vertebral Tumors
- Lumbar Deformities
- Lumbar Microdiscectomy
- Lumbar Laminectomy
- Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
- Lumbar Spine Disc Replacement
Advanced Technologies for Surgeries of the Lumbar Spine in Los Angeles
Disorders and injuries of the lumbar spine can result in an array of symptoms, many of which can be very difficult to diagnose without the most advanced medical technologies. Patients suffering from lumbar spine disorders can experience muscle spasms, muscle weakness, limited range of motion, and sharp or throbbing pain in the neck, back, and even the lower legs. Dr. Melamed and his team of experienced and compassionate care professionals combine state-of-the-art technology with a variety of highly advanced treatment methods to speed up recovery and facilitate healing. Specialist technologies include MRIs, CAT scans, lumbar laminectomies, lumbar microdiscectomies, minimally invasive surgeries, steroidal injections, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapies, and many other forms of effective treatment.
Treatments for Deformities of the Lumbar Spine in Los Angeles
A lumbar microdiscectomy alleviates excess pressure applied to the nerves endings of a herniated disc. Through minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Melamed removes a small section of the herniated disc to improve the patient’s mobility and comfort. The entire process is quick and painless with minimal scarring. In fact, most patients are back home within only a few hours.
Another minimally invasive surgical procedure is the lumbar laminectomy. Instead of removing a small section of the herniated disc, Dr. Melamed removes a small portion of the lamina, which is a small bone in the lumbar spine. This procedure is common in patients suffering from both herniated discs and spinal stenosis. For more information on the range of medical and surgical procedures available for the lumbar spine in Los Angeles, contact the offices of Dr. Melamed today.