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Learn more about the treatment of spine and neck disorders from the team of surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Spine Centers during a premiere webcast on February 1, 2011, at 7:00pm EST.
About the Spine Center
The Spine Centers at NewYork-Presbyterian are comprised of physicians and surgeons from: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Spine Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Brain and Spine Center. Each Center is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, pain management physicians, nurse practitioners. Together, these clinicians collaborate to tailor a personalized plan of care for each patient.
Millions of people suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes this pain is related to trauma, spinal tumors, or infection. More often, the pain is chronic, progressive, and unrelenting, and requires multiple layers of care.
At NewYork-Presbyterian's Spine Centers, our clinicians employ a cautious approach. Surgery may not always be the best treatment for all spinal problems. In many cases, non-surgical options are the preferred first line of treatment. Our surgeons, for example, may work with our physicians in pain management, and our physical therapists to successfully treat patients and lead them to a full recovery.
Surgery is most often utilized for persistent back or neck pain; to address conditions in which a nerve or the spinal cord is compressed and neurological function is compromised; if the spine has become unstable due to disease; or with other conditions where non-surgical treatments have not delivered adequate pain relief.
Minimally Invasive Techniques
When surgery is determined to be the preferred course of care, our surgeons can frequently operate using minimally invasive techniques – some which have been developed in research and clinical trials here.
Minimally invasive techniques offer several significant advantages over traditional, open surgery. They require smaller incisions which reduce the risks associated with surgery, the pain from the operation, and the amount of time required for patients to recover