Treating Spine Conditions

At our award-winning Spine & Brain Institute, we pride ourselves on a conservative treatment philosophy and only resort to surgery when it is clearly the best option. We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating diseases of the neck and back, using patient education, physiatry, and physical therapy. We specialize in treating the following conditions:

  • Cervical deformities
  • Cervical, thoracic, or lumbar instability (spondylolisthesis)
  • Herniated discs
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck and back pain
  • Nerve and/or spinal cord compression
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Spine tumors
  • Chiari malformation and syringomyelia

State-of-the-Art Spine Surgery

Our surgeons always choose the surgery that is least disruptive to the body and leaves the smallest surgical footprint. To determine whether you are a candidate for open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure, they carefully weigh a variety of factors, from the severity of your condition and your post-surgical goals to your age, lifestyle, and general health. Because we want care to be seamless for our patients, we ensure that postsurgical follow-up visits are with the same doctor. Our surgeons are skilled in all of the most advanced spine surgery techniques, including the following:
  • Advanced cervical spine techniques with instrumentation (special implants that brace and stabilize the spine)
  • Complex fusion surgeries with or without the use of bone implants
  • Surgery for tumors and other lesions affecting the spine and spinal cord
  • Disc replacement
  • Corrective surgeries for spine deformities
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Decompression surgeries for nerve or spinal cord compression
  • Cervical disc replacement, an alternative to bone grafts, plates, and screws used in fusion surgery
  • Image-guided spine surgery with 3D navigation
  • Kyphoplasty, a bone-stabilizing procedure to stop pain and help restore height after a spinal fracture
  • The X-STOP® Spacer, the minimally invasive insertion of a titanium implant to alleviate pain from lumbar spinal stenosis
One of the most unique aspects of our institute is the maintenance of a surgical spine outcomes registry. This registry allows us to objectively quantify patient outcomes following spinal surgery. The registry helps our patients gauge the outcome you can expect following your surgery.
 
One of the biggest advantages our surgical team offers is the possibility of having two surgeons operating on the spine simultaneously. Possible combinations include two orthopedic spine surgeons, two neurosurgeons, or an orthopedic spine surgeon working with a neurosurgeon. Having two surgeons operating together for larger complex cases increases patient safety and lessens the time spent under anesthesia.
 
Two times each month, our team holds a dedicated spine conference where orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and spinal radiologists come together to discuss the more challenging cases. This multidisciplinary conference is an invaluable resource for the physicians involved in your care.
 

Meet Our Specialists

Our board-certified spinal surgeons have received specialized and/or fellowship training in specific procedures. Our board-certified anesthesiologists have special experience in orthopedic anesthesia for both planned and emergency surgeries. Use our Physician Finder to learn more about our spinal surgeons.