Minimally Invasive Treatment Options

Dr. Hayward offers a wide variety of conservative and minimally invasive treatment options for lumbar problems, including disc herniations and degenerative disc disease. For example, he performs minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis, minimally invasive lumbar fusions and both endoscopic and laser spine surgery.

Any condition that causes pain in the lumbar spine for more than a few days should be treated as soon as possible.

Endoscopic & Laser Spine Surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive spine surgery technique that utilizes an endoscope to treat herniated, protruded, extruded, or degenerative discs that are a contributing factor to leg and back pain. The endoscope allows the surgeon to use a “keyhole” incision to access the herniated disc. Muscle and tissue are dilated rather than being cut when accessing the disc. This leads to less tissue destruction, less postoperative pain, quicker recovery times, and earlier rehabilitation. The excellent visualization via the endoscope permits the surgeon to selectively remove a portion of the herniated nucleus pulposus that is contributing to the patients’ leg and back pain.

Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion

Ever since laser spine surgery has been advertised nationwide by one large organization the words fusion have become a four letter word. However the truth is spinal fusion is still necessary. Traditionally spine surgeons would make a large open incision to visualize what they are doing. Now with technology and great skill, Dr. Hayward is able to perform spinal fusion through smaller incisions. Spinal fusion is the process of stabilizing the spine and allowing the spine to fuse or grow bone in the disc space therefore stabilizing the spine. Not all minimally invasive spine surgery is equal. Dr. Hayward has spent a lot of time training across the country to learn and provide patients the smallest incision possible.

When is spinal fusion necessary?

  • Spondylolisthesis: A condition where abnormal movement of your vertrabrae cause pain
  • Iatrogenic Instability: A condition where instability or abnormal movement may be caused when it is surgically necessary to remove bone that is causing stenosis or narrowing of the path where your nerves lie.
  • Discogenic Pain: Pain that is originating from disc material.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of areas in the spine where nerve roots and the spinal cord must travel.

For more information about advanced treatments or an appointment, call Heartland Spine Institute at 877.331.5763. For your convenience, you can use our online Appointment Request form.

What people say about us?

I had a spinal decompression done at three levels. Although all pain is not gone, the surgery did exactly what Dr. Hayward had hoped it would. What impressed me most about Dr. Hayward was his willingness to have me get a second opinion. He did not want me going into surgery without hearing what someone else thought. He even went as far to tell me that just because he was the first neurosurgeon that I had seen, he expected me go where I felt most comfortable if I did have surgery.

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304 South Mount Auburn Road,
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
620 Maple Valley Drive,
Farmington, Mo 63640
310 W Plaza Drive,
Carterville, IL 62918
10435 Clayton Rd. Suite 120
Saint Louis, Mo 63131
135 Plaza Dr.
Sikeston, MO 63801
4700 Memorial Drive, Suite 220
Belleville IL, 62226

Dr. Franklin Hayward at Heartland Spine Institute provides compassionate care to people of all walks of life. He provides nonsurgical and surgical spine care to people suffering from debilitating back, neck and spine problems, carpel tunnel syndrome and work related injuries . Patients travel up to 3 hours to see him in the Heartland; from Southern Illinois, Northeast and Northwest Kentucky, Southwest Indiana and across Missouri.

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