At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, we
perform a large spectrum of surgeries on the lumbar and cervical spine.
Dr. Kraus has operated on over 1400 lumbar spines, and has
performed over 1100 cervical fusions. There are a number of operations which are performed
on the lumbar spine. To better understand these, it is important to
understand the difference in symptoms between
back pain and leg pain. Leg pain may be caused by pressure upon a
nerve, and can often be cured by taking the pressure off of the nerve.
A typical operation for this would be a discectomy or laminectomy. Low
back pain may be caused by a degenerated disk space, or slight instability
in the lumbar spine. A typical operation to remedy this pain may be a
surgical fusion. These operations attempt to "fix the problem" which
is causing the pain. Sometimes the source of pain cannot be fixed (as
in chronic scarring of nerves in the lumbar spine). Then, an operation
to "mask" the pain may be of benefit. Such an operation may be a
spinal cord stimulator or morphine pump.
Initially, conservative approaches are attempted.
There are times when surgery is needed on an elective, urgent or emergent
Operative Procedures: Lumbar Spine (Open
Techniques and Minimally Invasive Techniques)
- Surgery of the lumbar spine
- Procedures for low back pain
- Procedures to "mask" low back or lower extremity
Bone Grafting Materials
- Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM)
- Grafton putty
- Grafton gel
- Grafton flex
- Bone Graft Substitute
- Osteofil Allograft Paste
- Platelet Concentration Collection System (PCCS)
- Bone Morphogenic Proteins (BMP)
Operative Procedures: Cervical Spine
Dr. Kraus performs surgery of the spine, through open an minimally
invasive approaches. He operates at West Houston Medical Center, and
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital. West Houston Medical Center
is conveniently accessed by the WestPark Tollway. Memorial Hermann
Memorial City Hospital is located at the intersection of I-10 Katy Freeway
If you are traveling from other cities or abroad, please contact Dr.
Kraus' office at 281-870-9292, for assistance with travel and hotel