Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery

Learning that you may need spine surgery can be overwhelming, but with our outstanding physicians by your side, you can take comfort in knowing you’re in good hands. Within a few weeks or months afterward, you may even feel renewed because you no longer feel the pain that once weighed you down.

Spine surgery is a general term for a variety of surgical procedures performed to treat acute and chronic spine disorders. Disorders of the spinal column can originate from an acute or traumatic injury or may be chronic due to degenerative changes from wear and tear of the bone, joints, and cartilage over time.

Outpatient spine surgery centers mainly treat degenerative conditions, such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. Surgeries commonly performed in the outpatient setting include:

  • Kyphoplasty
  • Cervical and lumbar laminectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Disc replacement
  • Spinal fusion

Traditionally, spine surgery has been an inpatient surgical procedure. With the introduction of minimally invasive techniques, modern pain relief protocols, and improved anesthetic techniques, surgeons can safely perform spine surgery on an outpatient basis.

Outpatient spine surgery is the same as traditional spine surgery, but patients can go home on the same day of surgery. This allows patients to recover in the comfort of their own homes instead of overnight in a hospital.

Spine Surgery Procedures at UnaSource Surgery Center

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is performed to relieve nerve and spinal cord compression resulting from degenerative or herniated disks in the neck. During the procedure, one or more dysfunctional discs are removed, and then two or more vertebrae are stabilized and fused together using spinal instrumentation.


Cervical refers to the upper part of your spinal column, while lumbar refers to your lower back area. A cervical/lumbar laminectomy is a surgical procedure that creates space by removing the lamina, which is the back part of a vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as spinal decompression surgery, a laminectomy relieves pressure on the spinal cord or surrounding nerves.


Lumbar discectomy is the surgical removal of a portion of or the entire intervertebral disc. A herniated disc (also called a slipped, ruptured, or bulging disc) occurs when the nucleus, the soft, gel-like material inside the disc, pushes out through a crack in the disc’s tougher exterior. A discectomy is performed to relieve the pressure a herniated disc places on a spinal nerve.

Spinal Fusion Surgery

A spinal fusion permanently immobilizes two or more adjacent vertebrae using spinal instrumentation. A bone graft or a bone-like material is placed within the space between two spinal vertebrae. Metal plates, screws, and rods may be used to stabilize the vertebrae until the bone grows and fuses the vertebrae together.

Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty

Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure to treat vertebral compression fractures primarily caused by osteoporosis. A needle is inserted through your skin into your vertebra under X-ray guidance. A balloon is inflated to create space where bone cement is injected to stabilize the vertebrae.

UnaSource Surgery Center Spine Surgery Experience Timeline

Click the link below to view a timeline of actions to take when having spine surgery at UnaSource.

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Spine Surgery Education Video

Enter the patient’s name and email below to watch. We strongly encourage watching this video with the person who will help you recover at home after your surgery.

There is NO SURGICAL FOOTAGE in this video.

Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative

UnaSource Surgery Center is proud to demonstrate our commitment to quality and patient safety through our participation in the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).

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