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Spinal fusion increases stability in the spine and reduces painful symptoms caused by nerve compression. An interbody fusion is a surgical technique in which a disc in the front of the spine is removed and replaced with an implant. A cage or spacer is inserted in place of the disc to maintain normal anatomy and promote spinal alignment. Fusing two vertebrae stops abnormal spinal motion and associated nerve pain.

Successful fusion of the vertebrae is further promoted by the insertion of bone graft or bone graft substitute in/around the affected vertebrae. Bone graft is a filler material used to replace bone, as well as stimulate bone growth following surgery.

XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) is a relatively new minimally-invasive approach to the anterior spine that avoids an incision that traverses the abdomen and also avoids cutting or disrupting the muscles of the back. It can be effectively used for treatment of disorders such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative scoliosis. With this minimally disruptive technique, fusion can be accomplished through one or more small incisions in the patients’ side, instead of through a standard abdominal incision.

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Dear Patients:

Our patients' health and safety is our number one priority. Our office continues to be open for all email, telephone, and online inquiries. You can call us at 646-916-3962 or contact us via email to schedule your virtual telemedicine or in-person visit. Our doctors will be holding regular office hours for virtual video consultations and follow-up visits that permit you to stay in the comfort of your own home, utilizing your computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Additionally, we will continue to see select patients in the office for consultation and follow-up visits, including preoperative and postoperative appointments. Our doctors continue to perform procedures in our private, free-standing surgery center that offers an array of outpatient surgical services to treat spinal issues such as acute back pain, disc herniations, sciatica, and pinched nerves in the back or neck. We are also able to offer clean and efficient on-site x-ray capabilities in our office.

Please know that we join our community in taking all advised precautions* to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Call today to schedule a consultation and explore your options with the Spine Center at OrthoManhattan.

The following precautionary measures have been established to ensure the safest environment possible:

  • All patients are screened both prior to and on the day of their office appointment. Patients will not be permitted in the office and will be asked to reschedule their appointment if:
    • You or anyone in your household are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, congestion, runny nose, or shortness of breath.
    • You have been in contact with anybody who has tested positive for coronavirus or have traveled (both domestically and internationally) within the last 14 days.
  • We have updated our patient and visitor policies:
    • Only a limited number of patients will be permitted on the office hour schedule.
    • No additional visitors or family members are allowed to accompany the patient during their office visit, unless the patient is in need of an aide or a translator
    • Infants, children, and adolescents are asked to stay home and will not be permitted to accompany the patient to their appointment.

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