Conditions and Treatments
We successfully treat a wide range of spine conditions, including:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Disk Degeneration
- Spinal Stenosis
- Bulging and Herniated Disks
- Spinal instability
- Spinal Fractures
- Spinal Tumors
- Adult and Pediatric Spinal Conditions
Minimally-invasive techniques: revolutionizing care
New minimally-invasive techniques are dramatically changing the face of
spine care, allowing major spine surgeries to be performed with an incision
smaller than a paperclip. A surgery that 10 years ago would have resulted
in a week-long hospital stay, months of recovery and a large scar is increasingly
becoming an outpatient procedure with a recovery measured by days –
not weeks – and a scar that can easily be covered by a band-aid.
Our doctors offer the benefits of the latest microsurgical and minimally-invasive
treatments, including new techniques to treat some of the most common
back conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis and disc degeneration.
Biologics: cutting-edge medicine
One of the most innovative and exciting developments is the use of biologic
materials – genetically engineered proteins – in spine surgery.
By stimulating bone growth and healing, a variety of biologic materials
are being used by our doctors to significantly improve the results of
spine surgery. These proteins attract bone forming cells to the surgical
area, dramatically increasing the success of spinal fusions.
Currently approved for only certain fusion procedures, the uses and applications
of biologics are expected to grow rapidly – and our experts will
use each development to dramatically improve care.
X-Stop: technological advances bring new benefits
Spinal stenosis – a narrowing of the spine which compresses the nerves
– is the most common back problem for people over age 50. For decades,
moderate to major surgery was the only effective treatment for this degenerative
condition that causes lower back pain or numbness.
Today, technological advances are creating new solutions: one of the newest
and most effective is the X-stop, a titanium implant that our doctors
place between the bones of the vertebrae to open up the space in the spinal
canal. This outpatient procedure is typically highly successful at eliminating
pain while ensuring unrestricted movement.
Kyphoplasty: help for osteoporosis-sufferers
This outpatient procedure is transforming the treatment of spine fractures
caused by osteoporosis. A tiny balloon device is inserted and inflated
to raise the collapsed vertebrae to its correct position. Acrylic bone
cement is then injected to stabilize or “cast” the fracture
– providing strength and stability to the vertebra, restoring height
and relieving pain. Our patients are often up and walking the next day
and enjoy a more complete recovery than with previous, more invasive procedures.