FRAC Certified Dr. Greg Finch Specializes in Spines: Common Spinal Surgeries

What are the most common orthopedic surgeries performed today? The scope of an orthopedic surgeon is wide. The changes in society lead to changes in the types of interventions the masses require of surgeons. Over the past twenty years, the most common types of surgeries required have been centered around the spine, the shoulder, and knees. Out of these three groups, the spine stands out as one of the main sources of pain and injury, and has been on the top of most orthopedic surgeons lists of commonly performed surgeries. Here are two common spinal surgeries:

  1. Spinal Fusion

The units of our spines are made up of bones called vertebrae. When these vertebrae are out of alignment or are moving in a way that they were not designed to, the nerves around the vertebra can be triggered and pain is the result. Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that builds in extra components of the spine and reduces the motion that was causing pain.

  1. Laminectomy

The laminectomy procedure involves removing a part of each vertebral unit that might be blocking a nerve from passing through unimpeded. When the bumps and knobs on each vertebrae compress the nerves, pain is induced. The lamina is a part of the spine that the surgeon makes bigger so that nerves are not compressed and painful.

Dr. Greg Finch is FRAC certified. What does this mean? “FRAC” is an acronym for “Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons”. This is a highly respected certification because it takes rigorous study in order to qualify. The way that a person passes the FRAC standards is if the go through several years of surgical training as specified by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Greg Finch is one of the few who qualified for this standard.

Dr. Greg Finch became certified because of his quality educational background and course of study. Greg Finch continued his studies after becoming certified, and studied with spinal surgeons in several countries, gaining the expertise and experience that leads his practice today.