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Spinal Surgery

Personal Care by Industry Leading Experts

UVNN provides personalized evaluation and management of spinal diseases. Our surgeons are trained in multiple spine surgery techniques including minimally invasive, microscopic, image-guided procedures, and standard open procedures. UVNN leads the way in minimally invasive procedures, which proves beneficial for postoperative pain and recovery. Our practice was the first in the Upper Valley to routinely use intraoperative computer-assisted image guidance in complex spinal surgeries. We focus on the careful protection of surrounding tissues and minimizing the physical trauma of surgery, and track our surgical outcomes for continuous improvement to ensure the best possible care for our patients.

UVNN is top rated among other, leading spinal care practices and has been recognized by US News and World Report; our surgeons continue to push the frontiers of spine care by utilizing the latest surgical techniques.

Spinal Surgery Explained

Spinal surgery is the practice of treating conditions of the spine with minimally invasive or open surgical procedures. Our neurosurgeons have training in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical conditions and who have received training in neurosurgical principles and techniques, and provide comprehensive care for a variety of conditions that affect the spine and they specialize in degenerative conditions of the neck and back. 

Common Reasons for Spinal Surgery

Aches and pains become increasingly more common as we age. At times, the reason for pain is obvious, injuries like sports or work. Other times, the source of the pain can be less clear. If you’ve tried to treat your pain with over-the-counter medications, heating pads, or stretching and symptoms persist, making it difficult for you to perform daily activities,  it may be time to seek medical intervention from a specialist.  

We use a conservative approach to treat many of our patients, without the need for spinal surgery. If surgery is necessary, we recognize that most people are anxious about having an operation. 

If surgery is necessary, patients don’t have to go to a large scary medical center to get expert care. Surgery will be performed at one of our small, community oriented hospitals, whose staff is superb at meeting patients needs. Our physicians, nurses, and hospital personnel are highly trained and extremely responsive.

Spinal Surgery May be Necessary To: 

Take Pressure off the Nerves 

Spinal surgery treats conditions like disc herniation and spinal stenosis may put added pressure on the nerves in the spinal column by compressing them. This can lead to pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and in extreme cases more severe symptoms.  Spinal surgery can help patients avoid lasting and permanent damage.

Give Stability to the Spine 

Under normal conditions, the spine maintains its natural form and provides structure and support for the body. This helps you sit, walk, stand, and bend with little effort. An unstable spine may cause the ligaments, muscles, discs, and bones to lose their ability to perform essential functions. A spinal surgery will correct the spine’s functioning and alleviate symptoms like arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or other neurological problems. 

Spinal Surgery Treats Conditions Like:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal instability including spondylolisthesis
  • Sacroiliac joint pain 
  • Leg or arm pain, numbness or tingling, or weakness
  • Intraspinal or synovial cysts
  • Spinal tumors
  • Deformities of the spine 
  • Spinal infections

Minimally-Invasive vs. Open Surgery

Spinal surgery falls into three categories, minimally-invasive, microscopic and open. A conservative approach will used to treat back and spine disorders. If surgery is necessary, our surgeons have expertise in microscopic and minimally invasive procedures

Non-surgical options are used to treat non-emergent spinal conditions before surgery will be considered. Non surgical treatments include physical therapy and injections.

Minimally-invasive spinal surgery reduces postoperative pain and recovery time for the patient.

Certain conditions require open spinal surgery. It requires the surgeon to make an incision and access the spinal anatomy to alleviate the pinched nerve, or other spinal conditions. Even with an open incision our surgeons continue to use the operating microscope to preserve surrounding tissue that will result in a better outcome.

A microscopic spinal surgery uses an open incision. By utilizing the operative microscope our surgeons are able to minimize injury to surrounding tissues and optimize outcomes.

The O-arm™ with navigation is an integral part of our surgeons highly successful minimally invasive and microscopic open procedures.


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