At Scottsdale Liberty Hospital, spine surgery is one of the surgical services available in our integrated treatment model. For those suffering from severe, chronic back pain, spinal surgery may be recommended to relieve pain, increase function, and restore mobility. Some spine surgeries are intended to relieve pain, while others are used diagnostically. We are also able to coordinate care with North American Spine.
Discogram – Discogram, or diskogram, is a diagnostic procedure to determine if the cause of back pain is due to problems with the intervertebral discs of the spine. During the procedure, the surgeon will inject dye into the discs that are suspected to be causing issues. If the disc is cracked or damaged, the dye will move into those spaces and the surgeon can identify that through an x-ray or CT scan.
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) – A fusion surgery is done to join bones of the spine together to stabilize the area and stop motion at that particular joint. Specifically, ALIF is a form of spinal surgery that involves the surgeon accessing the spine from the front of the body instead of the back as with other spine surgery techniques. The advantage to this approach is that the muscles and nerves of the back are not compromised through surgery, and the graft is placed at the front of the spine, which results in compression and bones in compression have generally been seen to have better fusion outcomes.