Spine

Chronic pain and disability from spinal problems affect thousands of Canadians each year. Fortunately, Surgical Solutions Network offers safe and effective private spine surgery and treatments in Canada to people from Toronto, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; across the country and beyond.

These procedures include the removal of painful discs that bulge and compress nerves (micro-discectomy) as well as fusion and instrumentation solutions for degenerative disease of the spine. There’s no need to live in pain. Contact Surgical Solutions Network to get the care you need without the wait.

Get Spine Surgery With Surgical Solutions Network

Patients across Canada choose Surgical Solutions Network’s private medical clinics for spine surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcomes with this technique. We are committed to helping you regain full motion in your spine so that you can go back to your daily activities. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. We aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.

Values That Matter to Us and Our Patients

Compassion

We are patient focused and provide effective care with human kindness.

Innovation

We combine innovation with the latest technology and processes to advance surgical care in Canada and better serve patients and providers.

Quality

We are a continuous learning organization that measures, monitors, and improves every day.

Respect

We support, respect, and accept our patients, team members, and partners, while operating with honesty and integrity in providing our services.

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy for Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when a bulging disc in the lower back pinches and inflames a nerve that travels from the spine to the leg. The resulting pain in the leg can be severe and is often accompanied by numbness, tingling, and weakness of the leg. Daily activities and sleep are frequently disrupted by the pain. Our board-certified orthopedic specialists offer minimally invasive lumbar discectomy as an effective treatment for sciatica.

Why would you need surgery to fix sciatica?

In the majority of cases, sciatica gets better on its own within a few weeks to months. In some patients, the pain does not go away completely or is so severe that they can’t wait for it to improve. In these patients, surgery to remove the herniated disc fragment can be very helpful.

How is lumbar discectomy performed?

This surgery is done under a general anaesthetic, meaning the patient is unconscious during surgery. The diseased disc is accessed through a small (about 1 inch) incision and then removed with specially designed instruments, including a small camera and microscope to help identify and protect the nerve root. The incision is closed with dissolving sutures, and patients are able to go home the same day. Patients will need a responsible adult to drive them home.

Spinal Decompression for Spinal Stenosis

Many people develop spinal stenosis later in life as a result of degenerative arthritis of the spine. This condition can cause a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal, called claudication, that goes unnoticed until the nerves are sufficiently pinched. The board-certified spine surgeons at Surgical Solutions perform spinal decompression to treat claudication caused by spinal stenosis.

What is claudication?

Claudication occurs when a narrowing of the spinal canal (called spinal stenosis) pinches the nerves travelling from the spine and limits blood flow to those nerves. The resulting pain can significantly limit activities, and patients may need a cane or a walker to be able to go any distance outside the house.

What are the signs and symptoms of claudication?

This condition is characterized by pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness when standing, walking, or moving the arm; symptoms go away with rest.

What do they do in spinal decompression surgery?

Spinal decompression is done under a general anaesthetic, meaning patients are unconscious during surgery. The spine is accessed through a small incision, and the spinal canal is enlarged with specially designed instruments, using the microscope to help identify and protect the nerve roots. The incision is closed with dissolving sutures and a waterproof skin adhesive. Patients are able to go home the same day but will need an adult to drive them.

What happens if you don’t have spinal stenosis surgery?

If left untreated, the symptoms of spinal stenosis, such as activity-induced pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness, can arise more easily and can even disrupt sleep in some cases. Surgery is recommended if patients find that their mobility is restricted by pain and their quality of life is significantly decreased.

Recovery After Spine Surgery

After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay. Patients must have someone on hand to drive them home.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on what is necessary to optimize recovery. Walking is encouraged.

Patients are instructed to limit their activities and avoid bending and lifting until their first follow-up visit at 4 to 6 weeks. After the first follow-up visit, they can commence physiotherapy and gradually start to increase their activities. Full recovery usually occurs between 3 and 6 months after the surgery.

Next Steps: Book Your Spine Surgery Consultation

If you are ready to discuss your spine surgery needs, contact us to request a consultation with a surgeon at one of our locations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, or Vancouver. To discover your healthcare options, your patient advisor will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications

There is no need to live with pain. You have options for private healthcare and private surgery in Canada.

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