If you have a spine condition that makes it hard to get through the day, it may be time to see a specialist.
You should consider scheduling an evaluation with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon if:
- You have neck or back pain that radiates down your arms or legs
- Your neck or back pain is accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness
- Your symptoms interfere with your ability to work, play or sleep
- Conservative therapies prescribed by your primary care physician don’t help your pain go away
Whether your symptoms are caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, you’ll find the care and support you need at Valley. Our spine surgeons have helped countless people achieve long-term relief — and improve their quality of life.
The Valley Approach to Spine Surgery
Even though our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons routinely perform spine surgery, they only recommend an operation as a last resort.
If our spine surgeons think you could benefit from a less invasive treatment, they’ll work closely with other Valley specialists such as pain management experts and physical medicine and rehabilitation providers.
This approach lets you try other safe, effective therapies such as:
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication
- Steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
And if it turns out that surgery is your best option, you can trust our team. Our spine surgeons offer a wide range of surgical options and have experience treating even the most complex spine conditions. We’ll take the time to help you understand your surgical options, so you feel confident and well-informed.
Spine Surgery Procedures at Valley
Many spine conditions can be treated with either traditional “open” surgery or minimally invasive techniques that use smaller incisions. At Valley, our spine surgeons work together — and with you — to choose the approach that best fits your medical needs and personal goals.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Discectomy and microdiscectomy: Your surgeon removes part of a herniated disc to relieve pressure on your nerves.
- Laminotomy and foraminotomy: Your surgeon widens one or more of the small channels found between each vertebra (intervertebral foramen) that your nerves pass through.
- Laminectomy: Your surgeon removes most (or all) of the back side of a vertebra. This widens the main spinal canal, reducing pressure on your spinal cord and nerves.
- Spinal fusion: Your surgeon joins together two or more vertebrae to create a single bone that’s much more stable.
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: After making an incision in the front of your neck, your surgeon removes a damaged disc to relieve pressure on your spinal cord and nerves. Then they perform a spinal fusion to join the bones surrounding the disc that was removed.
- Artificial disc replacement: Your surgeon removes a damaged or diseased disc and replaces it with an artificial one that replicates normal motion.
- Vertebroplasty: Your surgeon injects bone cement directly into a cracked vertebra.
- Kyphoplasty: Your surgeon inserts a special balloon inside a compressed, fractured vertebra. The balloon is then inflated, raising the vertebra to its normal height. This also creates space that your surgeon fills with bone cement.
In some cases, we perform multiple procedures at the same time. For example, some patients require both a laminectomy and spinal fusion.
- Bulging Disc
- Cauda Equina
- Cervical Instability
- Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
- Chiari Malformation
- Compression Fractures
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Foraminal Stenosis
- Herniated disc
- Myelopathy (Spinal Cord Dysfunction)
- Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
- Scoliosis (Children and Adults)
- Slipped Disc
- Spinal Cord Compression
- Spinal Cord and Nerve Tumors
- Spinal Metastases
- Spinal Stenosis (Cervical and Lumbar)
- Spine Tumors
- Tethered Cord Syndrome
Why Choose Valley for Spine Surgery?
- Minimally invasive methods: Whenever possible, our spine surgeons use the latest minimally invasive techniques to help you recover more quickly and with less pain after surgery. For example, we may use special tools (retractors) that let us access your spine by separating your muscles instead of cutting through them or detaching them from the bone.
- A team-based approach: Our spine surgeons coordinate your care with nonsurgical specialists so that you have access to the full range of nonsurgical treatment options. When an operation is required, our spine surgeons typically perform spine surgery in pairs; you’ll have two surgeons in the operating room instead of just one. Because spine surgery is so complex, having a second pair of eyes (and a second pair of skilled hands) helps ensure your operation is safe and successful.
- Planning your surgery: Before your surgery, we use the latest technologies to plan the ideal surgical approach. This means you’re in the operating room (and under anesthesia) for less time. And, by visualizing your spine and surrounding anatomy ahead of time, we’re less likely to run into unexpected challenges during surgery.
- Support after surgery: At Valley, your care and support doesn’t end when you leave the operating room. If you need to stay in the hospital after surgery, our pain management specialists, physical therapists and social workers will work together to minimize your length of stay. Once you’re discharged from the hospital, you’ll have access to outstanding home care and outpatient rehabilitation. You’ll also have follow-up visits with your surgeon until we’re confident you’ve made a complete recovery.