Spine Surgery Specialist

Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton

Orthopedic Surgeons & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Kettering, Dayton, OH & Tipp City, OH

For most people affected by neck and back pain, nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy and steroid injections are generally successful. If these approaches aren’t working for you, Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton offers expert spine surgery services that could help. Their experienced orthopedic surgeons use the most advanced techniques and technologies to perform spine surgery for common problems like herniated discs and spinal stenosis. To find the best approach for your back and neck pain, call Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton’s Tipp City or Dayton, Ohio, office today or book an appointment online.

Spine Surgery Q & A

What is spine surgery?

Your spine consists of 33 bones plus discs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Its complexity and involvement in many of your body’s functions make it one of the most intricate parts of the human body.

Spine surgery is a treatment option for patients who are experiencing back or neck pain and symptoms like:

  • Numbness

  • Tingling

  • Prickling

  • Loss of function

  • Leg or buttock pain

  • Shoulder pain

These symptoms are often due to nerve compression in the spine that surgery might be able to fix.

The surgeons at Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton understand the intricacy of your spine and the role it plays in maintaining your health and mobility. If you’re searching for support to relieve back pain, the team is ready to help you on the path to healing and recovery.

Why might I need spine surgery?

Spine surgery is an option for many common back and neck conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Facet joint arthritis

  • Bone spurs

  • Sciatica

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Radiculopathy (nerve compression)

The physicians at Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton use conservative approaches to treat these conditions to begin with. Top of the list of treatments for common spine conditions is physical therapy, rest and activity modification, and nonopioid medication.

The right physical therapy program and movement modifications are often the best approaches to healing. If appropriate, steroid injections can reduce inflammation. When these therapies aren’t producing much improvement, or if you have significant nerve compression, the Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton team might recommend surgery.

What does spine surgery involve?

The most common surgery for back pain is spinal fusion. There are various ways to fuse the vertebrae, but the principle of them all is to treat the painful segment of your spine so it becomes a solid piece of bone.

Your surgeon can access the spine through your back (posterior) or front (anterior), and sometimes both. They might use some form of spinal fixation and a bone graft or bone substitute. They can get bone for grafting from another part of your skeleton like the pelvis (autograft) or use donated bone (allograft). Other options include artificial disc replacement.

Where possible, the Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton team uses minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) techniques. This means that instead of cutting through your muscles, they pull them aside using retractors or pass an instrument called an endoscope into your spine.

If you’re anxious at the thought of needing spine surgery, call Orthopaedic Institute of Dayton or schedule a consultation using the online booking form today.