Treatments and Procedures

From Back to Neck Pain to the Most Challenging Deformities

Our spine care team creates customized treatment plans for patients of all ages with:

Scoliosis and other Spinal Deformities

Our Spine Hospital is internationally known for the care of children and adults with scoliosis — curvature of the spine — kyphosis, flatback syndrome, high-grade spondylolisthesis, and major spinal misalignments, and attracts patients from around the world who come for our specialized care. Our spine surgeons improve the alignment of your spine, reduce your pain, and restore your function. For the most complex surgeries, we use computed tomography (CT) imaging data to create a model that we can use before surgery to precisely plan the placement of screws and other instruments needed to align the spine. Our surgeons have pioneered the use of "thoracic pedicle screws" and other devices used during surgery to correct spinal deformities. We also offer the MAGEC device for early-onset scoliosis, which allows children to have their spines aligned without repeated surgeries to adjust implanted growing rods.

Disk Degeneration and Herniation

If your disk problem can be treated without surgery, you may benefit from physical therapy, injections, and pain management approaches such as nerve blocks. If you need surgery, you may have "minimally invasive microdiscectomy" to remove the herniated portions of a disk pressing on a spinal nerve; fusion of the vertebrae above and below the disk; or lumbar disk replacement.

Stenosis

We often treat stenosis using minimally invasive surgery to relieve pressure on your spinal cord or nerves, or by inserting implants to stabilize the parts of your spine affected by stenosis.

If your symptoms from spinal stenosis can be treated without surgery, you may benefit from physical therapy, epidural injections, and pain management approaches such as nerve blocks. If these are not helpful, we often treat stenosis using minimally invasive surgery to relieve pressure on your spinal cord or nerves, or by inserting implants to stabilize the parts of your spine affected by stenosis.

Vertebral Fractures

These fractures often occur in older people with osteoporosis. If you have a vertebral fracture, we may treat you with vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty: the injection of a biological cement, which provides stability in a fractured vertebra as it hardens.

Trauma

We quickly stabilize an injured spine and start rehabilitation within days of stabilization whenever possible.

Spinal Tumors

Our neurosurgical spine team at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Spine Center at the Neurological Institute of New York cares for patients with primary and metastatic spinal tumors. This requires a multidisciplinary approach combining surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy as indicated. Our experienced surgeons are leaders in the care and treatment of these spine tumors and may use spinal stabilization and, in some cases, minimally invasive spine surgery to treat spinal tumors, preserving spinal nerve function and improving patients’ quality of life.