Colorado Spine & Scoliosis
COLORADO SPINE AND SCOLIOSIS, SUPERIOR CARE AND COMMITTED TO HELPING PATIENTS GET THEIR LIFE BACK.
7720 South Broadway Suite #320 Littleton, Colorado
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Lumbar (Lower Back)
Available 5 Days A Week
Dr. Kumar is Board Certified in Orthopedics
Dr. Kumar has the ability to draw upon his extensive training and experience to find the most effective treatment for his patients. He emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach with a focus on non-operative/conservative care and minimally invasive approaches. He only considers surgery if all conservative options fail.
LUMBAR (LOWER BACK)
Dr. Anant Kumar
Dr. Anant Kumar, received his medical degree from Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool India in 1981.
Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Kumar completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India and the prestigious Campbell Clinic/ University of Tennessee program.
Dr. Kumar is Board Certified in Orthopedics. Dr. Kumar’s professional organizational memberships include the North American Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Colorado Orthopedic Society, the Colorado Medical Society, and the Denver Medical Society. He specializes in adult degenerative cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery, pediatric spine surgery, scoliosis, and complex spinal deformity.
What Is Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Fusion?
Cervical refers to the 7 vertebrae of the neck. Discs are the spongy, cartilaginous pads between each vertebra, and ectomy means “to take out”. In a cervical discectomy, the surgeon accesses the cervical spine through a small incision in the neck and removes all or part of the disc – and/or in some cases bone material – that’s pressing on the nerves and causing pain.
Spinal fusion involves placing bone graft between two or more affected vertebrae to promote bone growth between the vertebral bodies. The graft material acts as a binding medium and also helps maintain normal disc height – as the body heals, the vertebral bone and bone graft eventually grow together to join the vertebrae and stabilize the spine.
What Is An ALIF?
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a spine surgery that involves approaching the spine from the front (anterior) of the body to remove all or part of a herniated disc from in between two adjacent vertebrae (interbody) in the lower back (lumbar spine), then fusing, or joining together, the vertebrae on either side of the remaining disc space using bone graft or bone graft substitute.
The graft material acts as a binding medium and also helps maintain normal disc height – as the body heals, the vertebral bone and bone graft eventually grow together and stabilize the spine. Instrumentation, such as rods, screws, plates, cages, hooks and wire also may be used to create an “internal cast” to support the vertebral structure during the healing process.
Depending on your condition and your surgeon’s training, experience and preferred methodology, an ALIF may be done alone or in conjunction with another spinal fusion approach. Please discuss your fusion approach options thoroughly with your doctor, and rely on his or her judgment about which is most appropriate for your particular condition.
What is Scoliosis?
There are several different approaches that a surgeon will use to correct spinal deformity such as scoliosis and kyphosis, including the traditional posterior approach, an anterior approach, or both. The anterior approach to scoliosis means that the surgeon will approach the spinal column from the front of the spine rather than through the back.
Technically speaking, the actual surgical incision and approach to the spine is through the side of the chest or abdomen (stomach area) rather than down the front of your body, as many patients would envision it. The anterior approach allows surgeons to remove discs from the front of the spine, place corrective spinal instrumentation and perform a spinal fusion.