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Community Neurosurgery provides a full range of neurosurgical services, delivered with cutting-edge neuroscience technology. Our expert doctors are committed to providing individualized medical and surgical treatment plans based upon results of diagnostic testing. These comprehensive plans provide a collaborative, compassionate approach to meet the needs of patients, their families and physician.

Our spine, brain and peripheral neurological services include:

  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Cervical disc surgery
  • Lumbar disc surgery
  • Spinal fusion
  • Carpal tunnel/peripheral nerve entrapment
  • Brain and spine tumors
  • Brain injury
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Ulnar transposition
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Epilepsy mapping
  • Aneurysm/AVM
  • Chemotherapy treatment

Complete list of neurosurgical services >> 

Neurological/spinal surgeries

Learn common neurological terms

Anterior Cervical Disc Fusion (ACDF) – This procedure consists of a surgical incision in the neck to allow exposure of the cervical level to be fused. A cervical diskectomy is first performed to clean out and prepare the disk space. Next, a bone graft is placed into the prepared space and a plate and screws are placed across the disc space to stabilize the level to promote fusion.

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) – This procedure begins with a three- to five-inch incision on the left side of the abdomen. The abdominal muscle(s), which are inside a large sack known as the peritoneum, are retracted, allowing access to the front of the spine. The large blood vessels, which include the aorta and vena cava, lay on top of the spine. For this reason, in most cases, a vascular surgeon begins the procedure and provides access to the spine for the neurosurgeon. The remainder of the procedure includes preparing the disk space and then inserting a cage (spinal implant) filled with bone graft into the disk space from the front of the spine. Some cases require additional stabilization to the level. In this case, the patient will be rotated onto the stomach so an additional plate and screws can be added from the back.

Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) – This procedure begins with an incision in the side. The approach to the spine is made from under the muscles and tendons on the posterior side of the spine. The disk space is prepared and a cage (spinal implant) filled with bone graft is inserted.

Patient Education about XLIF

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Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) – The approach for this procedure is from the back. It achieves spinal fusion by inserting a cage (spinal implant) filled with bone graft into the previously prepared disc space.

Craniotomy – Surgical opening of the skull

Facetectomy – Excision of a facet, especially of the vertebrae

Laminotomy – Surgical division of a vertebral lamina

Diskectomy – Surgical removal of an intervertebral disk