If a back problem is limiting your daily routine or causing chronic pain, experienced neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health perform cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back) spine procedures that can help you get back to life, the way it used to be before back pain. Common types of spine surgery include laminectomy and discectomy.
At Dignity Health, we perform open and minimally invasive procedures for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine surgery in Arizona. To learn more about your treatment options, Find a Doctor today.
Am I a Candidate for Spine Surgery?
Your doctor might recommend spine surgery if you have chronic neck or back pain or discomfort in your hips and legs caused by:
If previous noninvasive therapies, such as steroid injections, medications, and physical therapy have not been successful at treating your back problem, spine surgery may be a solution.
Cervical, Thoracic, & Lumbar Spine Surgery at Dignity Health
Spine surgery is performed by a trained neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon in a Dignity Health hospital or an outpatient surgery center. You may be given general or spinal anesthesia.
Thanks to advances in surgical technology, back surgery is often performed through a minimally invasive approach, which generally involves less pain, a quicker recovery, and a lower risk of complications. With this option, your surgeon will make several small incisions. With cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine surgery, your surgeon may access your spine from either the front, side, or back, depending on the type of the procedure you have.
Recovery After Cervical, Thoracic, or Lumbar Spine Surgery
Most forms of back surgery involving the spinal column will require spending a few days in the hospital to recover from the operation. You may also need some time in a rehabilitation center before you are able to go back home. A vital part of your recovery will include physical therapy. Your health care team will help you determine when it will be safe to return to work or physical activities. Recovery can take up to 12 weeks, depending on your overall health and age.
Dignity Health collaborates with the Barrow Neurological Institute to provide expert diagnosis and treatment for a wide array of spine problems, including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine surgery in Arizona.