Our spinal services include patient education, individualized care, and advanced treatment and reconstruction choices to ensure the highest level of independence and physical ability.
Your spine is a flexible column of 33 bones, or vertebrae, running the length of your back. The first vertebra, which holds up the globe of your head, is the atlas.
The rest of your spine bears much of the weight of your body. As millions of people with chronic back problems know, when you injure your spine the consequences can be debilitating.
Some of the most common spinal problems include:
Whether you are coping with the pain of a herniated disk or recovering from a spinal fracture, John Muir Health is here to help restore you to your normal, active self.
Trauma, disease, and skeletal deformity can result in spinal instability and compression of the spinal cord causing pain and loss of neurological function. Some of the treatments we offer include:
Complex Spine Reconstruction: Advanced techniques to reconstruct and stabilize the spine at all levels.
Minimally invasive spinal surgery: Small surgical incisions to treat a variety of spinal disorders and conditions, providing a quicker recovery than traditional open surgical techniques.
Discectomy/microdiscectomy: Surgical removal or partial removal of a vertebral disc to relieve pressure from the nerves.
Disc replacement: Surgical replacement of a diseased or herniated lumbar disc with an artificial disc.
Laminectomy: Surgical removal of part of the lamina to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Spinal Fusion: A procedure that uses a bone graft and surgical hardware to create a solid union between two or more vertebrae to provide additional spinal support.
Vertebroplasty: Injecting bone cement into the vertebrae to stabilize fractures, resulting in significant pain relief and restoration of mobility.
Learn how to prepare for your upcoming spine surgery. Watch this important video featuring Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Steven Lee, and Neurosurgeon and Spine Specialist, Dr. Maxwell Merkow.