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Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist

Andrew M Cash, MD -  - Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Desert Institute of Spine Care

Andrew M Cash, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

When your back and neck pain fail to improve with nonsurgical treatments, it's time to consider orthopedic spine surgery to repair the underlying condition. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in spinal surgery, Andrew Cash, MD, at Desert Institute of Spine Care uses his expertise to perform a wide range of procedures, including minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Cash has helped many patients find relief from their pain and return to optimal health and wellbeing. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or use the online booking feature today.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery Q & A

When might I need orthopedic spine surgery?

Any spine condition that causes long-lasting pain, limited mobility, and disability may need orthopedic spine surgery. However, Dr. Cash always begins your treatment with nonsurgical options such as medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and interventional treatments like therapeutic injections.

Dr. Cash only considers surgery when your symptoms don’t improve after you have all the appropriate nonsurgical treatments. 

The spine problems that often end up needing orthopedic spine surgery include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped vertebra (spondylolisthesis)
  • Weak or unstable spine (due to tumors or infections)
  • Fractured spine

These conditions may occur in your neck (cervical spine) or lower back (lumbar spine).

What orthopedic spine surgery procedure might I need?

The procedures frequently performed by Dr. Cash include:

  • Discectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Scoliosis surgery

Microdiscectomies, discectomies, and laminectomies are all decompression procedures. They remove part of a damaged disc, the entire disc, or a small part of the vertebral bone, respectively. As a result, they eliminate pressure on the nerves.

During a spinal fusion, Dr. Cash removes the disc and replaces it with a bone graft. The graft promotes new bone growth in the adjacent vertebrae. As a result, the two bones grow toward one another and form one strong bone.

Dr. Cash performs a spinal fusion to treat scoliosis. You also need a fusion after he removes a damaged disc or when a laminectomy will lead to spinal instability.

Will I have minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery?

Whenever possible, Dr. Cash performs minimally invasive procedures. During this type of surgery, he makes an incision that's much smaller than traditional open surgery. Then he uses specialized instruments to see your spine and repair the problem.

A small incision causes less trauma. Depending on the type of surgery, Dr. Cash may not need to cut through the muscles to reach your spine. Instead, he gently separates the muscle fibers with a round tube.

As a result of these tissue-sparing techniques, you have:

  • Less bleeding
  • Less post-op pain
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Faster healing
  • Quicker recovery
  • Minimal scarring

In some cases, you can go home the same day after minimally invasive spine surgery. When you need hospitalization, your stay is much shorter compared to open surgery.

If you have questions about orthopedic spine surgery, call Desert Institute of Spine Care or book an appointment online today.


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