Spine Care - Services
Washington Health System Washington Hospital neurosurgeons perform hundreds of spinal surgeries per year using the newest and most advanced techniques available. Patients are feeling better and returning to their lives faster than ever before. Neurosurgeons at Washington Health System Washington Hospital are involved in pioneering new techniques to improve outcomes every day.
More than 500 microdiscectomies are performed at Washington Health System Washington Hospital by neurosurgeons every year. A portion of the herniated disk is removed to decompress an irritated nerve root through a skin incision that can often be covered with a small bandage. The average length of stay is now less than less than 24 hours. Washington Health System Washington Hospital neurosurgeons are skilled in the latest minimally invasive approaches to microdiscectomy, whether using an endoscope or the microscope.
This procedure is performed on the lower spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots. The surgeon reaches the lumbar spine through a small incision in the lower back and removes the source of compression – a part of herniated disk or bone spur.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy
This operation is performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots or on the spinal cord. During this procedure, the intervertebral disc and bone spurs are removed from a small incision in the front of the neck.
Patients with osteoporosis or metastatic disease can develop painful compression fractures of the spine. Through a percutaneous procedure, Washington Health System Washington Hospital neurosurgeons are able to use balloons within the bone to restore alignment of the spine. Cement is then injected in to the bone to provide support where the bone has been weakened. Pain relief can be nearly immediate and recovery time is minimal.
Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation
Washington Health System Washington Hospital neurosurgeons employ the latest techniques and materials to perform spinal instrumentation procedures. Instrumentation may be required to correct degenerative arthritis, fractured or injured vertebrae, scoliosis, spinal osteoporosis, spinal tumor, and spondylolisthesis. A wide range of options are available for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Depending on the condition, an anterior, lateral, or posterior approach may be used.
Restorative Spine Surgery
Total disc arthroplasty or artificial disc replacement is a procedure that involves removing an intervertebral disc and replacing it with prostheses for patients with severe degenerative disc disease. This procedure avoids fusion and can restore a near normal spine motion. In the appropriately selected patient, pain relief is dramatic. Artificial disc replacement is currently FDA-approved for the lumbar spine. Washington Health System Washington Hospital neurosurgeons have been instrumental in studying the use of artificial discs in the cervical spine.
To ensure a smooth transition from hospitalization to life in the community, we provide comprehensive discharge planning, assistance with entitlements from disability programs, and various forms of adaptation training. Our comprehensive rehabilitation team consists of physiatrists, consulting medical specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and case managers. This coordinated approach contributes to the maximal recovery for each patient.