Treatments

If you need to have surgery for a spine condition, there are bound to be many questions you'd like to ask and things you'd like to find out.

Mr Okafor is a very experienced Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon of over 20 years; he has performed over a thousand spine procedures as well as numerous spine injections successfully. He is happy to treat and assess all aspects of adult and paediatric spine conditions. He works with a multidisciplinary team (radiologists, physiotherapists, anesthetists, complex pain therapist, and experienced nurses). He works closely with other Orthopaedic surgeons, spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, to ensure that his patients receive the best possible care.

On this page, you'll find details of the treatments, procedures and operations that Mr Okafor can perform to help treat conditions of the spine. As well as explaining more about the surgical procedure itself, Mr Okafor provides details of what you can expect to happen before and after the operation. 
  
Anterior cervical decompression
This is performed to alleviate nerves that are 'pinching' in the back. Click here for more information.

Anterior cervical disc replacements
This is a motion sparing implant, performed to relieve neck and arm pain.

Balloon kyphoplasty
This operation is designed for patients with vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, multiple myeloma and bone metastasis. Click here for more information.


DIAM spine stabilization system
The DIAM procedure is used to treat low back pain and radiating leg pain, which are the result of degenerative disc disease. Click here for more information.
  
Lumbar Discectomy (microdscectomy)
This procedure to remove a prolapsed disc is performed for patients who experience severe leg pain for more than 6 weeks, and for whom conventional pain-killing methods haven't worked. Click here for more information.

Discogram
Lumbar discography is an injection technique used to help a surgeon evaluate patients with disabling low back pain, groin pain, hip pain, and/or leg pain that hasn't responded to conservative treatment. The injection is designed to determine if a specific disc is generating the pain felt, and what the next steps should be (usually a lumbar fusion).

Epidural
An epidural is an injection that delivers steroids directly to the site of inflammation and reduces pain, particularly in the back or leg. Click here for more information.

Nerve root spine injections
Performed to relieve leg pain.

Facet injections (cervical and lumbar)
To relieve spine pain due to facet joint dysfunction.

Radiofrequency denervation
To relive spinal pain by ‘cauterizing’ the fine nerves that supply areas in the spine.

Lumbar (lower back) decompression 
When a patient experiences leg and buttock pain, weakness, numbness, pins and needles, they may be offered this procedure, which involves the removal of the bone and ligaments that are causing compression of the spinal nerves in the lower back. Click here for more information.

Lumbar dynamic stabilization
When a patient is suffering from spine degeneration, a dynamic stabilization is beneficial in the early stages.

Lumbar fusion
This procedure is carried out for patients with spine instability due to spondylolisthesis, severe disc degeneration, spine fractures, severe spine stenosis, recurrent disc prolapses, and spine deformity. This involves several techniques which can be discussed after careful clinical evaluation. Click here for more information.


Nucleoplasty
Nucleoplasty is a procedure for treating back and leg pain symptoms, where the patient has a contained herniated disc.

Sacroiliac joint fusion
This is performed to relieve pain from sacroiliac joint dysfunction.