Orthopedic surgery is considered as an area of health that involves the skeletal system. Patients will commonly complain of pain associated with the lower back or otherwise known as lumbar pain. This type of pain can lead to a patient requiring surgery of the inter-vertebral disc which lies between the vertebrae and the vertebrae column. Using a magnetic resonance image (MRI), orthopedic surgeons are able to specifically determine the area of treatment necessary and if surgery needs to occur.
Within each disc formation there is a fibrocartilaginous joint. The primary role of each disc is to operate as if it were a shock absorber which is crucial to help absorb the movement of the vertebrae column.
Lumbar decompression surgery becomes a paramount procedure when the disc become degenerative or they are moved in a way that causes significant pain to a patient. The objective of the surgery is to relieve the back pain which is typically related to a pinched nerve root.
Lumbar fusion is more related to the movement of the vertebrae. The surgery consists of bone grafts in order to stop the movement of the vertebrae and decrease the pain produced by the joint. The methods chosen by an orthopedic surgeon varies for completing lumbar fusion surgery; including posterolateral gutter fusion, anterior or posterior fusion, and minimally invasive procedures.
Dr. Greg Finch is a subject matter expert as an orthopedic surgeon in the knowledge of spinal surgery. He specializes in non-invasive surgery, and he has conducted countless spinal revision and reconstruction surgeries. Dr. Greg Finch has extensive knowledge in the treatment and technological advancements in disc herniation surgery, spinal stenosis and spinal decompression.
Dr. Greg Finch is partnered with Australian Spine Society and the Australian Orthopaetic Association. Both organizations bridge the knowledge of orthopedic surgeons such as Dr. Greg Finch and advance the awareness of further research in orthopedic health.