Skip to main content

Spine Surgery

Capital Brain and Spine

Desh Sahni, M.D.

Neurosurgeon & Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Austin, TX & San Antonio, TX

While most causes of back pain resolve on their own without surgery, some conditions may warrant spine surgery. Desh Sahni, MD, at Capital Brain & Spine in Austin, Texas, is a neurosurgeon expert who specializes in performing minimally invasive spine surgery to reduce your risk and shorten your recovery time. For a consultation with the surgical specialist, call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Spine Surgery Q & A

Who is a good candidate for spine surgery?

Dr. Sahni determines if you’re a good candidate for spine surgery after an examination and review of your medical history. Dr. Sahni strives to provide kind and compassionate care aimed at improving your quality of life and may recommend alternative therapies before suggesting surgery.

Spine surgery is usually only recommended after you’ve tried and failed to get relief from more conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy. You may also benefit from a surgical procedure if your symptoms have worsened, or if they’re causing issues such as muscle weakness or loss of bowel or bladder control.


What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery describes surgical procedures that use small incisions and tiny cameras to provide treatment. Dr. Sahni specializes and believes strongly in the use of minimally invasive techniques for performing surgery because of the benefits it offers you, including:


  • Less damage to the body
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Fewer complications
  • Less pain


You may also have a shorter hospital stay when undergoing minimally invasive spine surgery.


What are common types of spine surgery?

Dr. Sahni is a neurosurgeon specialist, and he skillfully performs a number of spine surgeries. Some of the most common include:

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)

During an ACDF, Dr. Sahni removes a slipped or ruptured disc in your neck to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by a pinched nerve. Learn more here.


During a corpectomy, damaged vertebrae are removed from your spine to alleviate pressure on your spinal cord or nerves. Learn more here.

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)

An ALIF is a surgical procedure aimed at stabilizing your spinal cord by fusing multiple vertebrae together. The initial incision for this procedure is made through your abdomen. By comparison, during a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), the incision is made through your back. Learn more here.


Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon to help provide additional support to misshapen vertebrae. Learn more here.

Dr. Sahni also performs laminectomies and discectomies, and can insert a spinal cord stimulator to aid in pain control.

For kind and compassionate care, call Capital Brain & Spine today, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Sahni using the online booking tool.