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Back and Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery Expertise and Experience

At St. Luke’s, we’re dedicated to helping you find the most effective and efficient treatment for your back and spine. When your condition requires surgical treatment, you can expect the highest standards of safety and quality care from our experienced, skilled orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. From pre-surgery preparation to the surgery itself, through rehabilitation and recovery, our surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and our entire healthcare team will be focused on your most successful outcome and best quality of life.

Should I Choose a Neurosurgeon or an Orthopedic Surgeon for My Spine Surgery?

Neurosurgeons and specially trained orthopedic spine surgeons typically perform the same types of spine surgery procedures. It's most important for you to find a surgeon with expertise related to your specific condition and experience in the type of procedure you need. 

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Common Surgical Interventions

  • Corpectomy: Removal of all or part of a vertebral body (the weight-supporting, solid central part of a vertebra).
  • Discectomy: Removal of herniated disc material pressing on the spinal cord or nerve root. A laminotomy (see below) is often required to gain access to the herniated material.
  • Foraminotomy: Widening of the foraminal space, creating room for a pinched nerve exiting the spinal canal.
  • Laminectomy/Laminotomy (also called decompressions): Laminectomy is the complete removal of the lamina (the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal). Laminotomy is the partial removal of the lamina. Typically done to relieve pressure from spinal stenosis, but may be required to treat a herniated disc.
  • Spinal Fusion: Two or more vertebrae are fixated together to provide needed stability and alleviate pressure from the spinal cord or nerve roots, and are usually secured with instrumentation (rods, plates, screws, etc.).

Preparing for Surgery at St. Luke's

Our goal is to ensure you're well informed about your upcoming procedure. These resources will help you understand what to expect:

Spine Rehabilitation

Spine rehabilitation is designed to meet your individual needs and return you to function as quickly and effectively as possible. You, your physician, and your physical and occupational therapists work together on your rehabilitation plan, which includes inpatient rehab while you’re in the hospital, outpatient rehab, and home health services. In addition to post-surgical rehabilitation, our staff also works with a wide range of spine disorders including acute injuries and chronic pain.

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