Spinal Procedures

Our multidisciplinary Spinal Institute is supported by our full service acute hospital with access to the most technologically advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment in all of Ireland.

At Beacon Hospital’s Spinal Institute our team of experienced Consultant Spinal Surgeons have expertise in treating all kinds of back and neck conditions. This team of world-leading spinal surgeons are up-to-date in the very latest of cutting edge nonsurgical approaches as well as the most intricate of surgical techniques required to treat complex spinal injuries and degenerative disorders.

Whatever your spinal condition, our team have the expertise to advise you on the options available for you best course of action.

Common Spinal Procedures

  • Discectomy

    A Discectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the damaged portion of a herniated disk in your spine. A herniated disk can irritate or compress your nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort. This procedure is the most effective way of treating your pain as it radiates down your arm or legs.

    A herniated disk occurs when some of the softer material inside the disk pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior. This procedure may be recommended for patients who have trouble standing or walking due to nerve weakness or when pain radiating into their buttocks, legs, arms or chest becomes unbearable.

  • Foraminotomy

    A Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure used to enlarge the area around one of the bones in the spinal canal. Occasionally, the openings between vertebrae become too small causing the nerves to compress. This causes pain, tingling in the arms and legs and an overall sense of weakness.

    During this procedure, your surgeon will make an incision on your back or neck and expose the affected vertebrae. Through this they are able to surgically widen your intervertebral foramen, removing any blockages which are present.

  • Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty

    Vertebroplasty is a procedure used to stabilise compression fractures in the spine. The process involves injecting Bone cement into the back bones which have been damaged. Back bones can become cracked or broken as a result from osteoporosis.

    Vertebroplasty can relieve pain, increase mobility and drastically reduce the use of pain medication. Kyphoplasty, though quite similar to vertebroplasty, uses special balloons to create spaces within the vertebrae which are then filled with bone cement. Kyphoplasty can correct spinal deformity and restore lost height.

  • Laminectomy

    Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that creates space by removing the lamina, which is the back part of a vertebra covering the spinal canal. The process aims to enlarge your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. The pressure is generally caused by bony overgrowths within the spinal canal, which can occur in people who have arthritis in their spines.

    Otherwise known as bone spurs, these are a normal side-effect in aging process in some people. People who experience muscle weakness or numbness which in turn causes their mobility to be inhibited, may benefit from this surgery.

  • Rhyzolysis (Lumbar Facet)

    Rhizolysis is a minimally invasive procedure using the application of radiofrequency. The aim of this procedure is to cause targeted heat damage to the nerves that supply the facet. This stops pain signals being sent back to the spine.

    Patients undergoing this procedure will be put under a general anaesthetic before fine, hollow needles are passed toward the nerves under CT or X-ray guidance. When the needle is in the correct position, a probe is then passed through the needle to administer the heat.

  • Spinal Fusion

    Spinal Fusion is surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in your spine. In turn, this surgery essentially eliminates motion between them. The surgery involves techniques to mimic a normal healing process of broken bones.

    During the procedure, your surgeon places either bone or bone like material within the space between two spinal vertebrae. In some cases metal plates, screws or rods may be used to hold vertebrae together so they can heal into one solid piece.

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