Spinal Conditions

Dr. Haque specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic disorders of the spine. These include degenerative conditions such as cervical and lumbar disc herniations, cervical myelopathy, spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis, as well as fractures, tumors and or deformities. He treats both the more common conditions of the spine as well as the more complex conditions.
 
Some of the most common problems that Dr. Haque treats include:

  • Degenerative disc conditions, including osteoarthritis
  • Disc herniations of back or neck
  • Failed back syndrome
  • Infections of the spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain or swelling from prior fusions or surgeries
  • Radiculopathy, or leg pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysthesis
  • Trauma of the spine
  • Tumors of the spine
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The minimally invasive techniques Dr. Haque offers include:

  • Endoscopic discectomy
  • Total disc replacement.
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Transforaminal Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
  • Endoscopic decompression
  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?
As the name suggests, minimally invasive spine surgery allows the surgeon to make smaller incisions in the skin and avoid large muscle retraction. The surgeon uses a thin telescope-like instrument, called an endoscope, which is inserted through a small incision. A tiny video camera and light are connected to the endoscope and send images from "inside" the body to a screen in the operating room. Small tubes are then inserted through other small incisions. Special surgical instruments are inserted through these tubes and used to perform the surgical procedure. Procedure can be done through 1 inch incision versus 6-7 inch incision.

Advantages of minimally invasive techniques:
Minimally invasive spine surgery generally results in the same surgical outcome as with more traditional techniques. However, there are a number of advantages to minimally invasive techniques, including:

  • Reduced operative times.
  • Less soft tissue damage, due to reduced muscle retraction.
  • Surgical incisions are less painful.
  • Reduced blood loss.
  • Recovery is faster with less post-operative pain.
  • The hospital stay is shortened.
  • Since incisions are much smaller, scaring is less noticeable and cosmetically more pleasing.
  • Significantly less complications rate.
  • Better long term outcome