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Dr. Donald Corenman is one of a handful of back doctors that are both a MD and doctor of chiropractic (DC). His practice with the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO serves the Vail and Denver area. Dr. Corenman’s patients travel from the US and abroad seeking resolution for chronic back pain and failed surgical treatment.
This video shows a degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis, a type of lumbar surgery.
Dr. Donald Corenman, MD, DC ( | 970-479-5895), CO spine expert, practices at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. He is an expert in all areas of the spine including surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis (spondylolysthesis) with Spinal Stenosis, a type of lumbar surgery.
Dr. Corenman is a passionate researcher of the spine and recently launched as a resource site on the spine for patients, physicians and other spine surgeons seeking additional information. As a CO spine expert, he has been a spine surgeon for more than 18 years.
Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a condition that normally occurs in the lower back but can occur also in the neck. All vertebrae stack up on top of each other. What holds them together in alignment is the disc and the paired facets in back. The facets are the “doorstops” of the back and neck. When the facets are intact, they hold the spine in alignment. When they wear out, the vertebra on top can slide forward on the vertebra below. This can cause instability-a feeling that the back or neck will give out with certain movements.
The slip can also cause stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, which can lead to a compression of the nerves of the canal. If it is associated with a significant or unstable slip of the vertebra, a decompression and fusion (ACDF surgery) is the surgical procedure that would take place for degenerative spondylolysthesis with spinal stenosis to relieve the symptoms and let you get back to a normal life.
The purpose of the decompression and fusion (ACDF surgery) is to restore the collapsed disc to the original height before degenerative changes occurred, remove herniation or bone spur to free the nerves or spinal cord and stabilize the segment to prevent further detrimental motion. Surgery for degenerative spondylolysthesis with spinal stenosis is quite common and is typically performed with anterior surgery (from the front of the neck).
This video—Surgery for Degenerative Spondylolysthesis with Spinal Stenosis and an explanation of ACDF Surgery, offers insight through models and explains what the surgery consists of and how it reduces the symptoms of neurogenic claudication (positional pinching of the spinal canal) by opening the canal and stabilizing the unstable vertebra.
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