Lumbar Spine Surgery
Lumbar (or low back) pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit the doctor. It is most commonly the result of muscle or ligament injury or irritation. Other common causes of low back pain are arthritis or a disc herniation. A disc is a shock absorbing structure in the spine that consists of a sturdy outer ring of tissue called the annulus fibrosus with an inner core of jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. A disc herniation occurs when this jelly-like substance herniates through the outer annulus. Less commonly, back pain can be due to trauma, infection, or tumor.
Lumbar radiculopathy / Neurogenic Claudication
Cauda equina syndrome
Other conditions that can be treated with lumbar spine surgery include:
Any of the above procedures can be performed through a micro-invasive approach in the right situation. Micro-invasive surgery involves the use of a much smaller incision(s) and microsurgical techniques to minimize your post-operative pain, risk of complications, and quickens your recovery --- allowing you to get back to your normal life more quickly.
Trained in the latest micro-invasive and motion-preserving techniques, Dr. Chung can help you figure out how to best address your pain through the least invasive approach possible and get you back on track to living a better life.