About Spine Stabilization
Dynamic lumbar spine stabilization is an open-spine surgical procedure that is performed to address issues that have compromised the stability of the lumbar region. A traditional spinal fusion procedure forces the vertebrae to grow together into a single solid bone by screwing in stiff rods to connect them. The dynamic spine stabilization procedure joins vertebrae together using flexible rods or tubes and segmented materials, preserving some of the spine’s flexibility. Dynamic spinal stabilization also reduces some of the problems inherent with metal implants, such as disc degeneration near the fusion site. This technique also reduces the load on the spine’s joints and discs, which may reduce pain and improve the recovery time after surgery.
Board-certified and fellowship-trained North Texas spine surgeon Dr. Kendall Carll has more than 15 years of experience treating complex back conditions from his practice Spine Care of North Texas located in Frisco, Addison, and Plano, TX. Dr. Carll utilizes dynamic stabilization surgery to help patients regain a high quality of life when conservative treatment methods have failed to provide pain relief.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr. Carll is THE BEST!!! I had to have an A-lift spinal fusion and never before have I seen such a caring doctor and staff. They held my hand through my fears were actually there for me and more throughout the process. I don't believe there is a more caring, more compassionate doctor than Dr. Carll. Thanks to him and his amazing abilities I can feel my right leg again and now live without pain. I will forever be grateful to this office and Dr. Carll for being there for me as a person and as a patient.-Nicole Baucum"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 17, 2019
"Excellent care - Very compassionate doctor! Truly cares about your pain and issues."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 12, 2019
"Excellent Care!! - I had put off my 360 Spinal Fusion for over a decade, relying on epidurals to deal with the pain. After doing two years of thorough research, I chose Dr. Kendall Carll at the Spine Care of North Texas. Being that I’m in the medical industry, I did ask around, too.From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels.The staff did a great job setting up my home health care; which included a nurse and a physical therapist. They, too, did an outstanding job. A large part of my job involves air travel. I felt so “good” I reached out to see if I was ok to travel. I followed all restrictions, primarily lifting, and was able to take a two-hour flight. This is amazing considering it was only 23 days post-surgery.If you’re like me and will use insurance, be sure to do the match; to make sure your rehab will be completed by the end of the year.“I am 100% satisfied with my experience with Spine Care of North Texas. Every single person on staff was terrific, and the system worked flawlessly. I now refer all my friends and family to them."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 04, 2019
"From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels. They are the best!!!"- E.E. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2019
Dynamic stabilization is usually performed to address spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or degenerative disc disease, but only after conservative treatment for these conditions has failed. Dynamic stabilization surgery may be suitable for you if:
- Nonsurgical treatments have failed to achieve pain relief
- You are at an appropriate weight
- You are a nonsmoker
- You have an active lifestyle and a strong desire to maintain or resume that lifestyle
- You have spinal stenosis and/or spondylolisthesis
- You have lower back pain and/or degenerative disc disease
This surgical procedure is performed in a hospital setting with the patient under general anesthesia. Using fluoroscopy technology, Dr. Carll will verify the exact treatment area before initiating the procedure. An incision is made in the low back area. Pedicle screws are placed above and below the injured vertebrae and then connected to rods, which allow movement. Your incision site will be sutured closed following the procedure, and may take up to five hours to perform. You will remain in a recovery room for up to two hours before being transferred to your hospital room. During your recovery, you will be hooked up to a pain pump to help keep your pain tolerable. Your hospital stay could last as long as three days.
What to Expect
A brace or corset will be prescribed to restrict bending and promote healing of the spine during your recovery. Hospital staff will have you stand up and move around shortly after the surgery. Dr. Carll typically recommends physical therapy after the first follow-up visit. Most patients can return to sedentary tasks within the first month after their procedure. Patients that work physically demanding jobs may have to wait up to three months to return to work. The pace at which you will recover from surgery varies greatly from one patient to another and can be further altered by the age, weight, and health of each individual.
Spinal stabilization surgery can drastically decrease back pain, thus increasing your overall quality of life. Spine Care of North Texas is committed to helping you find a solution for your pain. Using proven surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods, we have helped thousands of North Texas patients take back their lives. If you or someone you know is affected by back pain, contact our helpful staff today. During a consultation with Dr. Carll, we can discuss the potential cause of your pain to help you take steps toward healing.