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  • Spine Surgery

    SpineSurgery_thumbnail The expert spinal surgeons at Mount Sinai West offer treatment for a wide range of spinal conditions. HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings company, has awarded our Spine Service a Five Star quality rating for spinal fusion surgery, and United HealthCare has named us a Premium Specialty Center for Spine Surgery. These quality awards show if you need spine surgery, you can choose Mount Sinai West with confidence.

    A Multidisciplinary Approach to Spine Surgery

    Mount Sinai West’s spine surgeons offer a complete range of diagnostic and treatment services for various problems of the spine. Our multidisciplinary group of spine experts — from physicians to physical and occupational therapists — all work together to develop the best possible treatment plan for every patient. At Mount Sinai West, we believe that each back problem is unique, and requires a specialized program of care.

    Spine Conditions Treated

    Spine_ImageThe goals of Mount Sinai West’s spine surgeons are to correct our patients’ back and neck conditions, and to help them quickly return to their usual activities. We specialize in the treatment of degenerative, acute, and congenital spinal disorders, including such problems as:

    • Strains and sprains
    • Herniated discs
    • Sciatica
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Scoliosis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Traumatic injuries
    • Spinal tumors
    • Spinal fractures
    • Compression fractures
    • Myelitis or myelopathy
    • Spondylolisthesis

    A Full Array of Spine Treatment Options

    The spine surgeons at Mount Sinai West 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 technologies to ensure that the most minimally-invasive surgery possible is performed, and that maximum mobility is preserved.

    Non-Surgical Spine Treatment Options

    • 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 misalignment of the spine, create specialized exercise programs to strengthen the supportive muscles of the spine and treat pain, and can teach relaxation exercises and proper lifting techniques. Occupational therapists teach patients how to change their daily activities, and decrease further damage to the spine.
    • Pain management. A 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 inflammation around the nerves.

    Surgical Treatment Options for Spine Conditions

    • 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/Vertebroplasty. Minimally-invasive procedures used to treat spinal compression fractures. The procedures result in the restoration of spinal height, increased spine stability, significant relief of pain.
    • Scoliosis correction. Multiple techniques are used to straighten spinal curvatures.
    • Disc replacement.Disc replacement may be an option for patients with severely deteriorated spinal discs.
    • 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.

    Keeping You Informed

    The spine surgery experts at Mount Sinai West 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.

    Faculty Practice Physicians

    Cho, Samuel Samuel K. Cho, MD877-MD-ORTHO (1-877-636-7846)    

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    Mount Sinai West Orthopaedics
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    New York, NY 10019