Spine & Neck Surgery

Spectrum Orthopaedics offers state-of-the-art treatments for a wide range of neck and back conditions.

As a leading spinal center, Spectrum Orthopaedics offers state-of-the-art treatments for a wide range of neck and back conditions. These include osteoarthritis, tumors, herniated discs, ruptured discs, slipped discs, spinal stenosis, trauma, and congenital deformities such as scoliosis.

For many patients, the symptoms of spinal problems can be relieved with medications, bracing, and rehabilitation. However, if conservative treatments have proven ineffective and your pain is both persistent and disabling, surgery may provide lasting relief. For example, in cases where a nerve or the spinal cord is compressed and causing considerable loss of function, surgery is often the only solution.

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The Three Parts of the Spine

Cervical Spine (Neck)

Neck pain can often be alleviated with nonsurgical methods. Dr. Stefanko will diagnose the cause of your neck pain and may treat it with cervical epidural steroid injections or cervical selective nerve root blocks. Long-term (chronic) neck pain may require spine surgery, especially when it is caused by one of the following conditions:

  • Herniated Disc
  • Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disease
  • Radiculopathy
  • Foraminal Stenosis

Thoracic Spine (Mid-Back)

Thoracic back pain is often the result of muscular irritation or joint dysfunction, and many who suffer from neck pain also have upper back or mid-back pain. Dr. Stefanko takes a conservative approach to thoracic back pain, including trigger point injections and other noninvasive or minimally invasive methods.

Dr. Stefanko may perform thoracic spine surgery to treat the following conditions:

  • Herniated Disc
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disease
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Compression Fracture

Lumbar Spine (Lower Back)

Up to 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Most often, it is job-related and resolves on its own. Chronic low back pain that continues for more than a few weeks is a sign that something more serious is going on which may need surgical intervention. Dr. Stefanko may use steroid injections, nerve root blocks, or spine surgery to treat conditions of the lower back such as:

  • Herniated Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression Fracture
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis

Types of Spine Surgery

  • Discectomy – This procedure involves removing the herniated portion of a disc to relieve the irritation and inflammation of a compressed nerve.
  • Laminectomy – This procedure involves removing the overlying bone of the spinal canal, thus enlarging the canal and relieving nerve pressure caused by spinal stenosis.
  • Spinal Fusion – This procedure permanently connects two or more bones to add stability to a spinal fracture or to eliminate painful motion between vertebrae due to a degenerated or injured disc.
  • Lumbar and Cervical Artificial Discs – These are implanted as an alternative to spinal fusion.
  • Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty – These procedures involve adding bone cement to stabilize a spinal fracture.

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