From complex traumatic spine injuries to herniated disks, we have the surgical expertise to help end your back, neck and radiating pain.
Common Reasons for Spine Surgery
Most back, neck and radiating pain can be treated without surgery. But when debilitating pain becomes a part of your daily life, our spine care experts can help you find relief.
We can tell when you're a good candidate for spine surgery. Plus, we're experts at judging which type of surgery is likely to provide the best results in your individual situation.
Conditions requiring spinal surgery may include:
Arthritis/degenerative disc disease. As we get older, the cushion-like discs that separate the bones in our spine become flatter and more brittle. This can allow the bones to make slight, abnormal movements, irritating surrounding muscles, joints and nerves.
Instability/spondylolisthesis. In this condition, one of the bones in your spine — called a vertebra — slides forward, out of its normal position.
Fractures and trauma to the spine.
Ruptured or herniated disc. The discs that separate the bones of our spine are a bit like jelly doughnuts. As we age, sometimes one of the discs weakens and breaks open, releasing some of the "jelly." When the jelly bulges out, it can put pressure on a nearby nerve.
Spinal deformities. This can include scoliosis and kyphosis.
Spinal tumors. This type of surgery requires a high degree of precision to remove as much of a tumor as possible without injuring the spinal cord and nearby nerves.
Spinal stenosis. In your spine, there are openings where nerves pass through. These openings can grow narrower, putting pressure on the nerve.
Why Choose Luminis Health for Spine Surgery?
Our board-certified spine surgeons use advanced imaging technology and surgical techniques to fix the root cause of back pain instead of merely the symptoms.
We use leading techniques and a team approach to deliver treatment that helps you get the relief you need.
Trust us for your care because we offer:
The latest surgical techniques. We offer the most advanced types of surgery available, both in the hospital and at our ambulatory surgery center locations. This often means a shorter stay — in some cases you leave the same day — and faster recovery.
Advanced technology. We also have state-of-the-art technology that enables us to use less invasive approaches. Take our O-arm 3D surgical navigation system. This provides live 3D navigation during surgery. It allows surgeons to operate with greater precision and eliminates the need for multiple x-rays during an operation.
High-quality, low-cost care. While we offer expert spine surgical care, we consistently do so at a cost lower than the Maryland hospital average.
A spine surgery nurse navigator. This trained professional arranges and coordinates each step in your treatment plan. Your nurse navigator may set up appointments and keeps your referring doctor up to date on your progress.
Presurgery preparation. Not knowing what to expect in the hospital or during recovery can make you or your family anxious leading up to surgery. That's one reason we offer classes where you find out what you can do to prepare ahead of time and why physical therapy afterward is so important. Plus, your care partner finds out how they can support you throughout your care journey. We offer both daytime and evening classes so you can choose the option that best fits your schedule.
Patient- and family-centered care. Our surgeons firmly believe that actively participating in your care gives you the best results possible. So not only do we create a personalized treatment plan for you, we involve you in each step. We also do everything we can to minimize stress on you and your family before and after your operation.
Surgical Treatments for Spine Conditions
Common surgical treatments we use include:
This is a minimally invasive surgery to remove leakage from a ruptured disc. This can relieve pressure on the nerve that's being squeezed or irritated. Sometimes, we can use a less invasive technique called a microdiscectomy. We do a microdiscectomy with a very small cut while the surgeon looks through a microscope.
Here, the surgeon removes the bony roof (lamina) of one of the bones in your spine. This opens space around the nerves, reducing irritation. As you heal, scar tissue forms over the space where we cut the bone away, protecting the nerves.
This operation is like a laminectomy. Instead of removing the entire bony roof of a vertebra, the surgeon cuts away only a small part.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat painful spinal compression fractures. A kyphoplasty treats these fractures by making space in the bone that was lost when the bone collapsed. That space is then filled with a solid, cement-like mixture.
This surgery stabilizes two or more bones in the spine. The surgeon places a bone graft between or around these bones. (We use bone from you or a donor, or we can use an artificial substitute as graft material.) Over time, your bones will adhere to the graft. Sometimes we use metal plates, screws or rods to keep the bones in place during healing.
Below you will find resources for patients that have scheduled a procedure.
A virtual Spine Surgery Preop class is also available and strongly recommended. Contact your Nurse Navigator for registration details.