If you need spine or neck surgery, our spine team uses the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques so you recover more quickly with less pain. In fact, we even offer outpatient back surgery options - which means no hospital stay!

Currently Available Outpatient Spine Surgery Options

Outpatient surgery means your surgery will be completed at Surgery Center Cedar Rapids and you will go home the same day. 

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a type of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. A discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, so the procedure may also be called an anterior cervical decompression. The surgery is approached through the anterior, or front, of the cervical spine (neck). The disc is then removed from between two vertebral bones. A fusion surgery is done at the same time as the discectomy operation in order to stabilize the cervical segment. A fusion involves placing bone graft and/or implants where the disc originally was in order to provide stability and strength to the area.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy Replacement (ACDR)

Anterior cervical discectomy replacement is a newer procedure that preserves motion after removing degenerated discs and relieving compression on the spinal cord and nerves. This procedure is similar to an ACDF, but instead of using a plate/screws to create a fusion, it uses a unique construct allowing motion between the vertebra. With this technology, one or two discs can be removed, decompressed, and replaced. ACDR is typically used to treat cervical disc herniation, cervical foraminal stenosis, radiculopathy, myelopathy and cord compression.

Benefits over Fusion [ACDF]

  • Shorter Operation
  • No Post-Op Immobilization
  • Faster Return to Work
  • Maintain Neck Motion
  • Fewer Re-operations
  • Less Adjacent Level Breakdown


The goals of a kyphoplasty surgical procedure are designed to stop the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture.

Lumbar Laminectomy

Lumbar laminectomy, also called open decompression, is a surgical procedure performed to treat the symptoms of central spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal. The surgery involves removal of all or part of the lamina (posterior part of the vertebra) to provide more space for the compressed spinal cord and/or nerve roots.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy

A lumbar microdiscectomy surgery is performed to remove the portion of a herniated disc that is irritating or inflaming the nerve root. A microdiscectomy is performed through a small incision in the midline of the low back. A herniated disc pressing on a nerve root can cause severe leg pain. While it may take weeks or months for the nerve root to fully heal and any numbness or weakness to get better, patients normally feel relief from the leg pain almost immediately after a microdiscectomy.

Coming Soon

Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

A minimally invasive procedure performed through the side of the body to treat spinal disorders and reduce long-term back or leg pain that has not responded to other treatments, such as steroid injections, physical therapy and pain medication. By gaining lateral access to the spinal column, we are able to avoid inherent risks of injury to major nerves [posterior approach] and vascular structures [anterior approach] present in these traditional approaches. XLIF can also be utilized in patients with a previous lumbar spine fusion and adjacent level disease to avoid invasive revision posterior surgery. Avoiding any major nerves in the area between the incision and the column. The XLIF procedure does not require an anterior (front) or posterior (back) exposure, and thereby does not present the same risks of vascular and/or neural injury as traditional approaches.

Benefits over Posterior Fusion Surgery

  • Reduced Operation Time
  • Less Blood Loss
  • Reduced Postoperative Pain
  • Quicker Recovery
  • Small Incision
  • Reduced Hospital Stay

Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS TLIF)

A minimally-invasive TLIF procedure involves using a specialized retractor system and a slightly off-center approach in order to split/spread the back muscles, rather than cut/peel them off the bone, allowing smaller incisions and less muscle injury. MIS TLIF is commonly performed for a variety of spinal conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, degenerative scoliosis, and lumbar spinal stenosis.

Benefits over Open [Standard] TLIF

  • Less Tissue Disruption
  • Less Muscle Damage
  • Less Postoperative Pain
  • Quicker Recovery
  • Less Blood Loss
  • Reduced Hospital Stay
  • Smaller Incisions

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