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Surgical Approaches

Nonsurgical approaches are employed first for patients with neck and back pain, including medical treatment, physical therapy, and injections of anti-inflammatory medicines. When these approaches are not sufficient to relieve pain and improve function, surgery may be indicated. Our surgeons have performed thousands of spinal procedures. Patients are involved in all decision-making regarding their care.

In addition to offering the most technologically advanced orthopedic equipment and techniques for minimally invasive procedures, our team works in specially designed “Spine Safe” operating suites. These state-of-the-art operating rooms are specially constructed to ensure the easy maneuvering of equipment during spine procedures, and also provide a specialized airflow system designed to minimize the risk of infection.

Our surgeons perform the following treatments for spinal disorders when nonsurgical approaches are not effective treatment options:

  • Disc removal and replacement: Discectomy is surgery to remove all or part of a disc between two vertebrae. Discs may bulge or rupture (herniate), which may put pressure on nearby nerve roots. Patient with herniated discs who do not benefit from nonsurgical approaches may have the affected disc surgically removed and replaced with a synthetic disc. Some patients may have microdiscectomy, a minimally invasive form of discectomy which uses a microscope to guide a surgical procedure to remove a small bit of bone and a herniated disc through a small incision.
  • Foraminotomy: Surgery to widen the opening in the back where nerve roots leave the spinal canal. This surgery may help relieve pain and numbness caused by stenosis and is sometimes done with spinal fusion.
  • Fusion: Surgery to permanently join two vertebrae so there is no longer movement between them. Spinal fusion is a common procedure and may be used to treat patients with spinal stenosis, herniated discs, fractures, weakness or instability of the spine due to infections or tumors, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or abnormal curvature of the spine (such as kyphosis and scoliosis).
  • Kyphoplasty: An outpatient procedure used to treat painful compression fractures in the spine. A balloon is placed into the bone through a needle and is inflated, restoring the height of the vertebrae. Cement is then injected into the widened space to make sure it does not collapse again. The procedure can reduce pain and improve mobility.
  • Laminectomy: Surgery to remove the lamina (part of the bone that makes up a vertebra) or bone spurs in the back, to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal canal. Laminectomy is a treatment for some people with spinal stenosis and is sometimes done with spinal fusion.

For more information about the spinal surgeons and the services offered at White Plains Hospital, please visit the Spine Surgery section of our website. To find an spinal surgeon at White Plains Hospital, click here, call our Physician Referral Line at 914-681-1010, or visit our Physician Directory.