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Spine Surgery

Manhattan Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, Astoria, & Brooklyn, NY

Thanks to the ever-evolving advances of surgical technology and techniques, spine surgery is now safer and more effective and minimally invasive than ever before. If you’re considering spine surgery as a life-changing solution, visit a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon and spine surgery specialist Vikas V. Varma, MD, at Manhattan Orthopedics, located in Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and Astoria, New York. Schedule a consultation online or call our office today to discuss your options.

Spine Surgery Q & A

Why would I choose spine surgery?

You might choose spine surgery to correct deformities, reduce pain, or improve spinal stability. If other treatments are unsuccessful, spine surgery can be an excellent solution to improve your quality of life.

Dr. Varma might recommend spine surgery to remove a tumor in the spine or to treat:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis
  • An infection in the spine
  • Other spinal deformities and complications

Spine surgery often alleviates nerve-associated pain or numbness that travels down one or both arms or legs.

What are the different types of spine surgery?

Several types of spine surgery are available. The one most suited for you depends on your health condition and other factors.


A diskectomy involves removing the herniated portion of a disk to relieve nerve inflammation and irritation.


A laminectomy involves removing the bone overlying your spinal canal.

Spinal fusion

A spinal fusion is a surgical procedure to connect two or more bones in your spine.

How is traditional and minimally invasive spine surgery different?

Dr. Varma provides minimally invasive spine surgery, a type of surgery that uses smaller incisions and more advanced surgical techniques and technology than traditional spine surgeries. 

Traditional spine surgery typically involves a long incision down the back, and the muscles and soft tissue around your spine are moved away. In some cases, tissue needs to be removed.

Dr. Varma offers minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery using state-of-the-art robotic technology. He carefully operates robotic arms that have tiny cameras and surgical tools attached. 

The robotic tools also transmit video to a high-definition monitor, and Dr. Varma performs surgery through a few small incisions while viewing the monitor for heightened accuracy. 

The tiny wrists of the robotic instruments can bend and rotate far better than the human hand, with optimal control and precision.

Minimally invasive spine surgery offers many benefits, including less pain, less downtime and a faster recovery, earlier mobilization, and less tissue disruption. In some cases, it’s even performed as an outpatient procedure. 

To discuss spine surgery and find much-needed relief from your spine complications, call Manhattan Orthopedics or schedule an appointment online today.

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