Back, neck, and spine surgery covers a range of procedures that treat conditions caused by traumatic injuries, chronic inflammation, and normal aging.
At Dignity Health, our Arizona back doctors provide comprehensive diagnosis and personalized treatment for many disorders affecting the spine, neck, and back. Treatments include minimally invasive laminectomy, discectomy, and cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine surgery. Find a Doctor or call (877) 634-0285 to learn about your options.
Utilizing the latest advancements in surgical technology, we treat a wide range of conditions, including scoliosis, spinal deformities and fractures, spinal stenosis, sciatica, herniated discs, and more. These issues can can cause chronic pain in the arms, legs, back, and neck, as well as tingling, weakness, and numbness.
Am I a Candidate for Back, Neck, or Spine Surgery?
You may be eligible for back, neck, or spine surgery in Arizona if you have ongoing pain or abnormalities in your spinal column.
Your doctor might recommend surgery if you have:
- Bulging or collapsed spinal disc(s)
- Tingling or numbness in your legs or arms, caused by spinal nerve pressure
- Traumatic vertebral injury
- Narrowing of the spinal canal, caused by osteoarthritis
- Neck or back pain that has not improved with noninvasive therapies
- Acute stool or urinary incontinence
As with any type of surgery, there are risks and benefits to consider. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize the risks of a procedure.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Dignity Health: What to Expect
Your back, neck, or spine surgery will be performed in a Dignity Health hospital or an outpatient surgical center. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may be given general anesthesia to make you go to sleep, or moderate sedation to make you drowsy.
If you are eligible for minimally invasive spine surgery, your surgeon will make several small incisions to access various points in your back, neck, or spine. If the procedure is open surgery, a larger incision may be required to perform the operation.
In some cases, neck or back surgery may involve metal hardware — such as screws, pins, or plates — to hold and support structures in your spinal region. These may remain in place for the rest of your life.
Recovery From Back, Neck, & Spine Surgery
Your health care team will give you special instructions regarding medications, activity level, and follow-up appointments before you go home. You may need to wear a neck or back brace after surgery.
Typically, you will be instructed to walk frequently to help minimize the risk of developing a blood clot in your legs. Be sure to tell your doctor about any unusual symptoms, such as excessive bleeding or a fever, that may occur after you return home.
Dignity Health provides excellence in back, neck, and spine surgery in Arizona, as part of our orthopedic services.