Spine Surgery Specialist

Cyril Sebastian, MD -  - Neurosurgery

Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center

Cyril Sebastian, MD

Neurosurgery located in Shenandoah, TX

Spine surgery is often the best way to repair back and neck problems so you can finally get relief from your chronic pain. You can feel confident about spine surgery when you choose Cyril Sebastian, MD, at Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center in Shenandoah, Texas. Dr. Sebastian is a board-certified neurosurgeon and fellowship-trained spinal cord surgery specialist. With 12 years of intensive medical education and decades practicing spine surgery, Dr. Sebastian has more experience than other surgeons currently practicing in the region. To schedule a consultation, call the office or use the online booking feature.

Spine Surgery Q & A

WHEN MIGHT I NEED SPINE SURGERY?

Many different spine conditions restrict your mobility, cause chronic pain, and ultimately require surgery. A few of the most common conditions include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Fractured or compressed vertebrae

Except for fractures, these conditions are initially treated with a range of non-surgical therapies. When you continue to have pain despite medical care, it’s time to talk with Dr. Sebastian about potential surgical interventions to repair the underlying condition and alleviate your pain.

WHAT SPINE SURGERY PROCEDURES MIGHT I NEED?

In addition to removing spinal tumors and treating an infection, these are a few examples of surgeries Dr. Sebastian frequently performs:

DECOMPRESSION SURGERY

Dr. Sebastian performs several procedures to decompress nerves. Three of the most common include a laminectomy, laminotomy, and foraminotomy.

DISCECTOMY

Discectomy is surgery to remove either the entire disc or the damaged portion.

SPINAL FUSION

Spinal fusion is a procedure to join two vertebrae. Dr. Sebastian may recommend a fusion as your primary treatment for a spine problem. However, spinal fusion is also frequently done to restore spine strength and stability after a discectomy or decompression surgery. 

ARTIFICIAL DISC REPLACEMENT

After a spinal disc is removed, you may receive an artificial disc replacement rather than having a spinal fusion. A new disc restores spinal stability while also preserving natural spine movement.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT SPINE SURGERY TECHNIQUES?

Spine surgery is performed using many techniques, which Dr. Sebastian fully explains during your consultation. One of the most important considerations is the approach to your spine. For example, he may access the vertebrae from the front, back, or side.

As a result, Dr. Sebastian can perform one procedure, such as a lumbar spinal fusion, using different surgeries. He may recommend an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), or a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). 

WHAT IS MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed using small incisions rather than one large open incision. After inserting a narrow tube to create access to the spine, Dr. Sebastian uses advanced surgical instruments that fit through the tube. Minimally invasive techniques often result in less pain and a faster recovery.

One example of a minimally invasive procedure is a microdiscectomy, which is done to remove the damaged portion of a herniated disc.

If you suffer from back or neck pain and you’d like to talk about spine surgery options, call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center or schedule an appointment online.