Our spine surgeons offer a complete range of diagnostic and treatment
services for various problems of the spine. Our multidisciplinary group
of health care professionals—including internists, neurologists,
nurse practitioners, orthopedists, physiatrists, physical and occupational
therapists, rheumatologists, and complementary medicine professionals—work
together to develop the best possible treatment plan for each patient.
At Roosevelt and St. Luke's Hospitals, we believe that just as each individual
is different, each back problem is unique and requires a specialized program
Our spine surgeons' goals are to correct our patients’ back and
neck conditions and to help them return quickly to their usual activities.
We specialize in the treatment of chronic, acute, and congenital spinal
disorders, including such problems as:
Myelitis or Myelopathy
spine surgeons at Roosevelt and St. Luke's Hospitals offer a full array
of treatment options to relieve pain and correct problems of the spine.
We always do our best to ensure that non-surgical treatment is the first
course of action, but if spine surgery becomes necessary, we offer the
latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology to ensure that the most
minimally invasive surgery is performed, and that maximum mobility is
Non-surgical treatment options includes:
Medication. For some patients pain-relieving
drugs—such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics,
or muscle relaxants may be prescribed.
Physical and occupational therapy. Physical therapists
treat malalignment of the spine, create specialized exercise programs
to strengthen the supportive muscles of the spine and treat pain,
and can also teach relaxation exercises and proper lifting techniques.
Occupational therapists teach patients how to change their daily activities
and decrease damage to the spine.
Pain management. Combination of local anesthetic
and steroid drugs can be injected around the nerves or the joint spaces
to relieve pain. Epidural injections—cortisone injected directly
into the spinal canal—can ease the inflammation around the nerves.
Complementary therapies. As an addition to conventional
treatment, the Center
for Health and Healing also offers complementary therapies, including
chiropractic care, acupuncture, and biofeedback.
Surgical treatment options include:
Minimally Invasive Procedures. There
have been many advances in spine surgery, allowing operations to be
performed through very small incisions, using thin instruments. This
allows surgery to be performed with less tissue damage and less pain,
resulting in a faster recovery time.
Discectomy. A discectomy—one
of the most commonly performed spinal procedures— involves removing
part of a herniated disc in order to relieve pressure and irritation
on the nerves. Depending on the level of damage, the surgery may be
performed using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.
Laminectomy. Used to help repair numerous
spine conditions, this surgery involves the removal of the lamina
(the bony roof over the spinal nerves) at the location where the nerves
are being irritated.
Kyphoplasty. A new, minimally invasive
procedure used to treat spinal compression fractures. The procedure
results in the restoration of spinal height and significant relief
Scoliosis Correction. Multiple techniques
are used to straighten spinal curvatures.
Spinal fusion. This surgery is performed
to treat instability due to infection, arthritis, tumors or trauma
and to correct spinal deformities such as scoliosis. It involves fusing
two or more spinal vertebral segments together with a bone graft.
Removal of spinal tumors. Depending on the
type of tumor, surgery may be necessary.
The spine surgery experts at Roosevelt and St. Luke's Hospitals
in New York City pride themselves on staying up to date on all new
developments in spine surgery. You can be assured that your spine
surgeon is knowledgeable on all surgical options and will discuss
these options with you prior to surgery.
For an evaluation by our spine surgeons, call (800) 753-3240
for an appointment.