Most back pain is resolved without the need for surgery, but for some conditions back and spine surgery can help. Sutter Health network board-certified neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons offer the latest in advanced surgical procedures and techniques. We provide services including:
In patients with pain due to a degenerated or herniated disc, surgeries such as a diskectomy—which removes a portion of the disc—can provide relief. In some cases, a corpectomy, removal of part or all of a vertebra, may also be involved. If necessary, the space left by the removed disc can be replaced with an implant or with bone.
Spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal due to conditions such as arthritis,
bone spurs or fractures, can cause pain, tingling and numbness. In these cases, surgeries
such as laminoplasty, laminectomy and foraminotomy can relieve pressure from the nerves
and/or spinal cord. In some cases, an arthrodesis (spinal fusion) can support the
spine by fusing the bone together or adding instrumentation such as rods, screws or
implants as necessary.
Some people with scoliosis may need surgery if the curvature of the spine is severe and progressive. Otherwise the curve may cause pain, neurological impairment and affect the function of some organs such as the lungs. Both minimally invasive scoliosis surgery and traditional scoliosis surgery can straighten the curve and create a stable spine using instrumentation such as rods and screws.
Tumor Resection and Removal
In rare cases, a tumor may cause back pain or neurological impairment as it presses against the nerves. A surgeon may determine that surgery can remove the tumor safely to relieve symptoms and stabilize the spine.
Kyphosis, which is similar to scoliosis, is another type of abnormal curvature of the spine. It can produce a rounded or hunched back as well as pain and reduced mobility. Kyphosis correction surgery uses spinal implants to help straighten and stabilize the spine.