Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of a herniated disc in the neck and reinforce the affected vertebrae. Approaching the compromised disc from the front of the neck (anterior) avoids impact to the spinal cord, spinal nerves, and the dense muscles along the back of the neck.
Cervical disc replacement surgery, also called spinal arthroplasty, is a type of joint replacement surgery that replaces a damaged disc in the neck (cervical spine) with an artificial disc device. Dr. Carl Giodrano and Dr. Richard Narchwalter have extensive training in spinal surgery exposures including those in the highly intricate cervical region of the spine.
Lumbar discectomy is a lower back surgery our New Jersey surgeons perform to remove all or part of a herniated disc. Dr. Carl Giordano and Dr. Richard Nachwalter specialize in performing this and other spine surgery procedures using minimally invasive techniques.
Our surgeons perform lumbar laminectomy, a type of spinal decompression surgery, to relieve pressure on the nerves in the lower back, called the lumbar spine. At Atlantic Spine Specialists, Dr. Carl Giordano and Dr. Richard Nachwalter specialize in using minimally invasive techniques to perform this and other types of spine surgery. This state-of-the-art approach involves much smaller incisions than open procedures. Patients appreciate reduced recovery time and minimal post-operative pain.
Lumbar spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that creates stability between two vertebrae by fusing them together with bone grafts and hardware. At Atlantic Spine Specialists, Dr. Carl Giordano and Dr. Richard Nachwalter specialize in performing this and other spine surgery procedures using minimally invasive techniques. This state-of-the-art approach uses much smaller incisions than traditional open spinal surgeries. Patients often recover more rapidly and have less post-operative pain than older techniques.
By design, spine surgery is a complex undertaking that involves both risks and benefits. Revision spine surgery is often more complex than the original procedure because of complications such as scar tissue, and compromised bone and tissue quality. Healing is often not as effective with subsequent surgeries and the likelihood of infection is increased. The board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at Atlantic Spine Specialists, Dr. Carl Giordano and Dr. Richard Nachwalter, specialize in revision spine surgery. They are often called upon by other surgeons to assist with complex spinal surgery cases.
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Before you visit, download and fill out the new patient information forms from our Patient Resources & Education page. This will speed up the office process for you. Please bring all of your insurance information as well as a valid photo ID. Bring all imaging studies that have been performed including x-rays, MRIs and CT scans. Bring the reports if you have them. The doctors will review the images with you and explain any important findings.
“I highly recommend Dr. Nachwalter, in fact I already have to a friend who has had issues with her back for years. He answered all my questions, did a tremendous job and understood my goals.”
“Great Doctor. I was Dr. Giordano’s patient many years ago, and he helped me tremendously.”
“Dr. Nachwalter takes his time to thoroughly explain all information about diagnosis, treatment and procedures, and answers all questions for both patients and family members.”