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Why Choose a Neurosurgeon for Back or Neck Surgery?

Many spinal conditions can be treated medically or via physical therapy and rehabilitation. For some patients, however, conservative treatment does not relieve pain and discomfort, necessitating spinal surgery. The decision whether to have surgery should be made in consultation with a knowledgeable spine specialist.

As the most experienced and respected spinal surgeons in the state, the neurosurgeons at Indiana University Health Neuroscience provide reassuring expertise, trusted second opinions, and sophisticated care for people with back and neck problems. Our team of fellowship-trained neurosurgeons is uniquely qualified to perform minimally invasive and open spinal surgery, and has the advanced training necessary to manage the delicate interaction between the nervous system and spine for the best outcomes.

Neurosurgeons complete more spinal surgery training than any other specialty and are the only surgeons who treat the entire spine. Treatment from a neurosurgeon is especially important if a patient has any weakness or numbness, as nerve damage is the likely cause.  

Why choose IU Health Neuroscience?

Ranked as one of the Top 25 neuroscience programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report and a member of its prestigious National Honor Roll, IU Health is uniquely positioned to provide the most advanced treatments for all types of spinal conditions.

Our spine specialists are skilled at performing superior surgical procedures to correct problems related to:

  • Acquired and congenital spinal deformities
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Fractures, dislocations and subluxations
  • Herniated disc lesions
  • Scoliosis
  • Soft tissue sprains, strains and contusions
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Systemic diseases affecting spinal function
  • Traumatic and overuse injuries to the spine 

Advanced technologies and facilities for more treatment options

Our surgical expertise and advanced technologies allow us to provide your patients with the latest treatments and research breakthroughs. In addition to traditional open surgery, our spine specialists perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures on the back and neck.

Some of our advanced treatment options include:

  • Interventional neuroradiology for minimally invasive treatment of spinal cord disorders, spinal tumors and vertebral compressions caused by osteoporosis, tumors or trauma. IU Health Neuroscience has fellowship-trained interventional neuroradiologists who are skilled at these types of procedures.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery for superior treatment of spinal tumors. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a highly precise form of radiation therapy. IU Health Neuroscience offers several radiosurgical options, including Gamma Knife and Novalis-Shaped Beam Surgery.
  • Proton therapy at the IU Health Proton Therapy Center for highly precise treatment of spinal tumors. Proton therapy is a nonsurgical, non-invasive treatment capable of delivering very high doses of radiation therapy directly to a tumor site. IU Health Proton Therapy Center is one of only 10 proton therapy facilities in the United States and was the first in the Midwest.
  • Minimally invasive discectomy to remove herniated disc material and relieve pressure on the spinal nerves.
  • Minimally invasive spinal decompression and spinal fusion surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots caused by bulging or collapsed disks.
  • Spinal drug pump to deliver concentrated amounts of medicine directly into the spinal fluid via a small catheter for pain relief.
  • Stimulator implant device to send mild electrical currents to the spinal cord for pain management.
  • Minimally invasive spinal laminectomy to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves by widening the spinal canal.

To enhance the safety and success of minimally invasive spine surgeries, IU Health Neuroscience features O-arm technology. The O-arm rotates around the patient while they are on their stomach and provides real-time imaging to help surgeons perform less invasive spinal surgeries for increased safety and a faster recovery.

When minimally invasive surgery is not appropriate—as may be the case for some situations such as trauma, idiopathic scoliosis, tumors and infections—IU Health Neuroscience performs open surgery with the assistance of the latest technology and equipment. A recent multi-million renovation at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital expanded six neurosurgical operating rooms and added two state-of-the-art suites. The modernized suites feature the most advanced imaging technologies, surgical navigation systems and tools for performing difficult spinal surgeries.

Additionally, the newly constructed IU Health Neuroscience Center combines the neurological services of IU Health and IU School of Medicine into a single facility that is specifically designed with patients’ needs in mind. From diagnosis or second opinion through treatment, the spine specialists at IU Health Neuroscience will guide your patients through the entire process with seasoned expertise.

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Why Choose a Neurosurgeon for Back or Neck Surgery?

Many spinal conditions can be treated medically or via physical therapy and rehabilitation. For some patients, however, conservative treatment does not relieve pain and discomfort, necessitating spinal surgery. The decision whether to have surgery should be made in consultation with a knowledgeable spine specialist.

As the most experienced and respected spinal surgeons in the state, the neurosurgeons at Indiana University Health Neuroscience provide reassuring expertise, trusted second opinions, and sophisticated care for people with back and neck problems. Our team of fellowship-trained neurosurgeons is uniquely qualified to perform minimally invasive and open spinal surgery, and has the advanced training necessary to manage the delicate interaction between the nervous system and spine for the best outcomes.

Neurosurgeons complete more spinal surgery training than any other specialty and are the only surgeons who treat the entire spine. Treatment from a neurosurgeon is especially important if a patient has any weakness or numbness, as nerve damage is the likely cause.  

Why choose IU Health Neuroscience?

Ranked as one of the Top 25 neuroscience programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report and a member of its prestigious National Honor Roll, IU Health is uniquely positioned to provide the most advanced treatments for all types of spinal conditions.

Our spine specialists are skilled at performing superior surgical procedures to correct problems related to:

  • Acquired and congenital spinal deformities
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Fractures, dislocations and subluxations
  • Herniated disc lesions
  • Scoliosis
  • Soft tissue sprains, strains and contusions
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Systemic diseases affecting spinal function
  • Traumatic and overuse injuries to the spine 

Advanced technologies and facilities for more treatment options

Our surgical expertise and advanced technologies allow us to provide your patients with the latest treatments and research breakthroughs. In addition to traditional open surgery, our spine specialists perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures on the back and neck.

Some of our advanced treatment options include:

  • Interventional neuroradiology for minimally invasive treatment of spinal cord disorders, spinal tumors and vertebral compressions caused by osteoporosis, tumors or trauma. IU Health Neuroscience has fellowship-trained interventional neuroradiologists who are skilled at these types of procedures.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery for superior treatment of spinal tumors. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a highly precise form of radiation therapy. IU Health Neuroscience offers several radiosurgical options, including Gamma Knife and Novalis-Shaped Beam Surgery.
  • Proton therapy at the IU Health Proton Therapy Center for highly precise treatment of spinal tumors. Proton therapy is a nonsurgical, non-invasive treatment capable of delivering very high doses of radiation therapy directly to a tumor site. IU Health Proton Therapy Center is one of only 10 proton therapy facilities in the United States and was the first in the Midwest.
  • Minimally invasive discectomy to remove herniated disc material and relieve pressure on the spinal nerves.
  • Minimally invasive spinal decompression and spinal fusion surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots caused by bulging or collapsed disks.
  • Spinal drug pump to deliver concentrated amounts of medicine directly into the spinal fluid via a small catheter for pain relief.
  • Stimulator implant device to send mild electrical currents to the spinal cord for pain management.
  • Minimally invasive spinal laminectomy to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves by widening the spinal canal.

To enhance the safety and success of minimally invasive spine surgeries, IU Health Neuroscience features O-arm technology. The O-arm rotates around the patient while they are on their stomach and provides real-time imaging to help surgeons perform less invasive spinal surgeries for increased safety and a faster recovery.

When minimally invasive surgery is not appropriate—as may be the case for some situations such as trauma, idiopathic scoliosis, tumors and infections—IU Health Neuroscience performs open surgery with the assistance of the latest technology and equipment. A recent multi-million renovation at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital expanded six neurosurgical operating rooms and added two state-of-the-art suites. The modernized suites feature the most advanced imaging technologies, surgical navigation systems and tools for performing difficult spinal surgeries.

Additionally, the newly constructed IU Health Neuroscience Center combines the neurological services of IU Health and IU School of Medicine into a single facility that is specifically designed with patients’ needs in mind. From diagnosis or second opinion through treatment, the spine specialists at IU Health Neuroscience will guide your patients through the entire process with seasoned expertise.

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