Performing Spine Surgery in Northern California
Spine surgery is either an open or minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat a range of spinal injuries and conditions. Spine surgeons perform a range of treatments, including:
- Spinal fusion
- Disc replacement
- Herniated disc surgery
- Lumbar surgery
If you or a loved one would like to meet with a spine doctor, use our search tool and Find a Doctor online. Dignity Health North State offers advanced care for spine surgery in Northern California as part of our orthopedic services at these locations:
- Center for Joint and Spine Health at Mercy Medical Center Redding
- Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta
- St. Elizabeth Community Hospital
Reasons for Spine Surgery & Other Treatments
Your doctor may recommend a spine procedure to treat chronic pain or to repair a spinal column abnormality that hasn’t responded to noninvasive therapies.
There are many conditions that can be treated with spine surgery, including:
- Spinal canal narrowing (stenosis)
- Spinal deformities
- Traumatic injuries, including spinal fractures
- Spinal instability
- Ruptured, degenerated, or herniated spinal disc
- Tingling and numbness in the arms or legs
- Spinal tumors
Whether the condition is caused by an injury, trauma, or the natural aging process, doctors at Dignity Health North State can create a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and preferences.
What to Expect: Spine Surgery at Dignity Health North State
Depending on the type and severity of your condition, surgical spine treatments may either be open or minimally invasive. You’ll have general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain. Surgery typically lasts anywhere from two to four hours. Some procedures require the placement of pins, screws, and other structures that support your spine.
Most open, spine procedures require a lengthy recovery time in the hospital, while minimally invasive spine surgery allows most people to go home within two to three days.
Spine Surgery Recovery
Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on what to expect during your recovery, including necessary medications, follow-up care, and safe levels of activity. If you need extra support, your doctor may have you wear a cast or a neck or back brace. Your doctor may recommend walking frequently to reduce the risk of blood clots. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms after surgery, such as excessive bleeding or a fever.
One of the most important parts of recovery after spine surgery is physical therapy and rehabilitation. This will help restore muscle strength, function, and flexibility. Your physical therapist will teach you how to move safely so as not to injure your spine. A full recovery may take several months.
Most people are able to move easier with less pain and discomfort after spine surgery. Talk with your doctor about staying active and ways to maintain a healthy weight if you have persistent post-surgery pain. Doctors at Dignity Health North State are here to help you through every aspect of your treatment journey.
Dignity Health North State is an orthopedic leader for spine surgery in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.