Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

 (805) 449-0088

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Specializing in Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion

What is a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion surgery?

A spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to treat neck or back pain that is associated with movement. During a spinal fusion procedure, Dr. Virella removes pieces of damaged vertebral bone and soft tissue and then fuses adjacent vertebrae using bone graft and small rods and screws. Dr. Virella is one of the top neurosurgeons at performing Minimally Invasive Lumbar (lower back) Fusion surgery.

Dr. Virella uses his medical knowledge and surgical skills to perform these surgeries and provide patients with symptom relief. He performs the above-mentioned surgeries using the following approaches:

  • An anterior spinal fusion surgery uses an anterior (from the front) approach.
  • A posterior spinal fusion surgery uses a posterior (from the back) approach.

Dr. Virella performs spinal fusion surgery as a minimally invasive procedure. In most cases, minimally invasive surgery is used to fuse two vertebrae and an open procedure is used to perform a multi-level spinal fusion (a fusion that involves more than two vertebrae).

What conditions does spinal fusion surgery treat?

A spinal fusion is recommended to treat neck or back pain that is associated with movement. A spinal fusion is only recommended when nonsurgical treatment options do not produce symptom relief or the patient is in extreme pain caused by an advanced state of a medical condition. The most common medical conditions that a spinal fusion is used to treat include the following:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

In some cases, a spinal fusion doctor/surgeon may use a spinal fusion to treat scoliosis or a spinal fracture, infection, or tumor. Patients who want to know what spinal fusion treatment/procedure options are right for their condition are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Virella.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

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Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?
People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
Read: A Letter To Patients From Dr. Virella

Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S