Helpful Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all spine diseases require surgery?

No, not all spine diseases require surgery and in fact, there are many conditions that can be treated initially with physical therapy and the like. Our team of providers can help asses the best method of treatment for you and connect you to the right care.

If I need surgery, what should i expect to do one week prior to get ready?

Fish oils, anti-inflammatory and hormone replacement pills typically should be stopped a week prior to surgery, however, your surgeon will specifically advise you on what not to take based on your medical history.

Is any testing needed beforehand?

Yes, you will be advised on what type of diagnostic test you will need to take as well as any blood sample, urine specimen, or xray needed.

Am I able to eat before surgery?

You should not consume any food three hours before your scheduled surgery and should only have a clear liquid intake from midnight the night before.

What is mobility like after spinal surgery?

Walking is the most highly recommended form of excercise after spinal surgery. Soon after your surgery, a physicial therapist will teach you how to perform gentle excercises that will gradually allow your body to increase range of motion in order to get you back to the activities you enjoy.

What activities should I refrain from after spine surgery?

Do not lift any heavy objects, sit in low, soft chairs or perform any estreme, rapid motion. Try not to sit for long periods of time (more than 45 minutes), allowing your body to become more agile as you begin the recovery process.

What are some procedures we perform?

Surgical Treatments We Offer:

  • Discectomy (surgical removal of partial or all the intervertebral disc)
  • IDET (minimally invasive procedure for patient with small tears or herniations in the lumbar)
  • Kyphoplasty (surgical filling of collapsed vertebra)
  • Microdiscectomy (a small portion of the bone over the nerve is removed in order to allow the nerve to heal)
  • Minimally invasive surgery (surgical method in which tiny incisions are made instead of large ones, allowing for less discomfort and quicker healing time)
  • Neck surgery
  • Scoliosis surgery (surgery that stabilizes and reduces any abnormal curve of the spine and helps stop any harmful progression)
  • Spinal cord stimulators (thin wires with electrical heads are placed on the back, through the neck to help alleviate chronic pain)
  • Spinal fusion (a process that fuses together the small, problematic bones in the back so that they become one bone)
  • Total disc replacement (in which a mechanical device takes the placed of an old, worn disc, allowing for fluid movement of the spine again)
  • Upper back surgery
  • Vertebroplasty (bone cement is injected into cracked back bones, allowing for stabilization of fractures)