Basin Neurosurgical and Spine Associates
Alim M Ladha, MD
Neurosurgeon & Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon located in Midland and Odessa, TX
Most causes of neck or back pain improve without surgery. However, when medical treatments fail to ease pain, you may benefit from spine surgery. Alim Ladha, MD, at Basin Neurosurgical and Spine Associates is an experienced neurosurgeon who uses many techniques when performing spine surgery, including minimally invasive spine surgery and robotic surgery. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Odessa, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
Spine Surgery Q & A
Who needs spine surgery?
Spine surgery is usually the last recommended treatment for neck or back pain. Dr. Ladha conducts a comprehensive examination when you come in for a spine surgery consultation.
During your exam, he asks detailed questions about your symptoms, treatment history, and medical history. He performs a physical and runs diagnostic tests to better understand the source of your pain.
You may need spine surgery if medical interventions fail to ease your neck or back pain and your symptoms limit your mobility, affecting your quality of life. Some of the conditions Dr. Ladha treats with spine surgery include:
- Chronic back pain or neck pain
- Herniated disk
- Spinal stenosis
- Pinched nerve (radiculopathy)
- Revision spine surgery
Dr. Ladha may only, however, recommend spine surgery if he can identify the source of your pain and feels surgery may help. He provides comprehensive treatment that takes into consideration your whole health needs, as well as the condition of your entire spine.
What is minimally invasive spine surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery is an advanced surgical technique that allows Dr. Ladha to perform complex procedures through smaller incisions.
Traditional spine surgery requires large incisions through the front or back of your body to gain access to your spine. This type of surgery requires a lengthy recovery time.
With advances in surgical tools and techniques, Dr. Ladha accesses your spine through small incisions and uses endoscopic devices that transmit clear images of your spine onto a computer screen. He then uses special surgical tools to perform the necessary procedure.
Dr. Ladha also performs robotic surgery, which combines minimally invasive spine surgery techniques with robotic technology.
What are the types of spine surgery?
Dr. Ladha performs many types of spine surgery. The type of spine surgery you need depends on your diagnosis and symptoms and may include:
During a diskectomy, Dr. Ladha removes a herniated disk. Depending on the location of your diskectomy, he may perform an artificial disk replacement to replace your damaged disk and restore spine function.
A laminectomy, also known as spinal decompression surgery, involves removing the lamina portion of your vertebra to increase spacing. He may perform a laminectomy when treating spinal stenosis.
For a foraminotomy, Dr. Ladha opens the spacing where your nerve roots exit the spinal cord to treat a pinched nerve or sciatica.
With a spinal fusion, Dr. Ladha joins together two or more of your vertebral bones to stop painful movements.
Dr. Ladha is a skilled neurosurgeon. Schedule your spine surgery consultation by calling Basin Neurosurgical and Spine Associates or booking an appointment online today.