Nearly everyone will experience back and neck pain sometime in their lifetime. It is the major reason people visit their doctors and miss work. If you live in Westchester and are looking for the best back pain treatment, there is only one doctor to see. Dr. Andrew Casden is a respected board-certified orthopedist experienced in both traditional and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. His holistic approach takes each patient’s lifestyle and expectations into consideration, and his approach focuses on offering the most sensible treatment options. Named a Top Doctor by US News and one of New York’s Best Doctors by New York Magazine, Dr. Casden treats both children and adults. His services include minimally invasive spinal surgery, Westchester discectomy treatment for herniated discs, disc replacement, revision spinal surgery, spinal fusion, scoliosis and kyphosis, and treatment of degenerative spinal diseases.
After conservative, non-invasive treatments to alleviate the symptoms of a herniated disc have failed, Dr. Casden may recommend a surgical procedure known as a discectomy. When a disc becomes herniated, a portion of the disc is dislocated and may impinge upon the adjacent nerve roots or the spinal cord. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness to develop. Depending upon the location of the damage disc, symptoms can affect the neck or back and may radiate down the arms or legs. During a Westchester discectomy treatment, Dr. Casden will use a special microscopic magnification to provide him with an illuminated and magnified view of the affected area of the spine. With this enlarged view, he is able to perform the procedure using smaller incisions and instruments. Since a discectomy procedure is minimally invasive, less damage to the surrounding tissues occurs. This facilitates quicker healing and recovery.
A Westchester discectomy treatment is performed in the presence of back or extremity pain, weakness, and/or numbness that limits daily activities and has not responded to a course of non-surgical conservative therapy, problems with walking and performing essential tasks, or impaired bowel and/or bladder function. During a discectomy, Dr. Casden will remove the fragment of the spinal disc that is causing pressure on the nerve. The goal in removing the impinging part of the herniated disc is to provide relief from the symptoms that have developed as well as to facilitate a restoration of function. In some situations, additional procedures may be performed to further relieve pressure and to provide stability. Call today to see if a discectomy is right for you.