Charite Artificial Disc
The Charite Artificial Disc is available through the Johnson & Johnson-DePuy Company with FDA approval. This device is FDA approved for treating low back pain only and limited to the L4/5 or L5/S1 levels.
Artificial Cervical Disc
The Medtronic Prestige Cervical Disc has been approved by the FDA for use in patients to treat cervical nerve root or spinal cord compression. It is not FDA approved or recommended to be used by Medtronic for treatment of neck pain.
The X-Stop is a titanium device that is used as a spacer between the spinous processes in the back for treatment of the symptoms of neurogenic claudication from lumbar stenosis.
A laser discectomy is one in which the burning force of the laser is used to burn away disc material to remove a herniated lumbar disc. This procedure requires the same bony opening done in a conventional lumbar discectomy, thus no change from a conventional approach.
A Kyphoplasty is a procedure to treat osteoporotic compression fractures. There is a similar procedure called a Vertebroplasty. Both procedures accomplish similar results with similar indications.
The PERFEXION Gamma Knife Unit has been installed and is being used at San Antonio Community Hospital. This is a non-surgical radiation therapy for brain tumors, certain vascular abnormalities, trigeminal neuralgia and some movement disorders.