Spine Surgery Types and Treatment

At Banner Health, we know spine injuries and spine conditions can be painful, which is why we bring together a team of experts, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and orthopedic surgeons to treat your individual spine condition. Our experts collaborate and discuss your condition with you to ensure you’re getting the best diagnosis and can make informed decisions about your treatment plan. And with the latest in imaging technology, we get you the answers you need quickly.

What Is Spinal Surgery?

Spinal or spine surgery, as it relates to neurosurgery, focuses on treating diseases of the spine, spinal cord and the nerves. When the spinal cord and nerves are damaged, this can affect how the brain and body talk to each other.

Types of Spine Conditions

There are many different kinds of spine conditions and not all of them require surgery. Common conditions include:

  • Spine tumors
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine
  • Spine fractures

Talk to your doctor to learn more about the types of conditions that may require surgery

Types of Spine Surgeries

Talk to your doctor and neurosurgeon about your options when it comes to spine surgery. Options for spine surgery may include:

  • Spinal fusion: This procedure joins together two or more vertebrae to improve stability or correct a deformity.
  • Laminectomy: Also known as decompression surgery, this procedure removes the lamina to relieve pressure on nerves and spinal cord.
  • Foraminotomy: This procedure enlarges the area in the spine around compressed nerves to relieve pressure.
  • Vertebroplasty: This procedure is used to treat spine fractures weakened by osteoporosis by injecting bone cement.

Spine Surgery Testing and Diagnosis

When your spine is injured or you have other related issues, you want relief quickly. Our spine specialists have years of experience in diagnosing and treating spine issues. Our imaging centers use advanced technology to help get you a complete picture of what is causing your spine issues. Learn more about spine testing and diagnosis

Spine Treatment Options

We know getting you out of pain and back to your favorite activities is important to you, which is why Banner Health's team of experts works hard to develop your individualized treatment plan. Many surgical procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques, which shorten the length of recovery time for patients. Learn more about surgical and nonsurgical treatment options available.

Spine Surgery Recovery

Recovery is a large part of your spine surgery process. Our dedicated team of neurologists and neurosurgeons are ready to provide a comprehensive care plan and offer education and support to help throughout your recovery. Learn more about spine surgery recovery

Spine Surgery Technology

In our operating rooms, you’ll find state-of-the-art spine surgery technology. Our specialists use a spinal GPS (grid positioning system) to ensure safety and efficiency of our procedures during both minimally invasive surgeries as well as conventional open spine surgeries. Our neurosurgery team will take images, such as CT scans or an MRI, and import them into the system. These images can help determine placement of incisions and screws. This image guidance system then uses a robotic arm to help place screws and instruments more safely in the spine. This system also allows for less operating time and less time under anesthesia.

Our neurology experts work closely with our orthopedics team to ensure your condition is being looked at from all perspectives. Whatever your condition or need, we are here for you. Banner Health's large network of specialists in brain and spine health, imaging and physical therapy are ready to offer you the latest treatments and care when you need it most.