Back, Neck and Spine Surgery
Back, spine and neck injuries or disorders are a pain in the neck – quite literally. Treatment for these conditions and the pain associated with them usually begins with a conservative approach, such as over-the-counter medications, muscle relaxers, at-home remedies, physical therapy and pain management.
For conditions in which surgery is warranted, advanced medical equipment and new minimally invasive surgical procedures are creating better outcomes for patients. At SSM Health, our neurosurgeons offer specialized expertise in a full range of open and minimally invasive spine surgeries – and use some of the most sophisticated and state-of-the-art surgical technology to help you overcome spine problems.
Our Advanced Approach to Back, Neck and Spine Surgery
The O-Arm, a mobile CT scanner, gives surgeons real-time, 3D imaging in the operating room. In traditional spinal surgery, patients undergo preoperative imaging procedures, such as CT scans, MRIs and X-rays. Then, X-rays are repeated during surgery to help verify placement of surgical implants, such as screws. But these images provide only one-dimensional views. The O-Arm shows three planes, giving your surgeon a more accurate verification of surgical implant placement. You never need to leave the surgical suite.
This speeds the procedure, which means less blood loss and less time under anesthesia.
When linked with a computerized navigation system, the O-Arm functions as a GPS (global positioning system) for the human body. The navigation system converts the 3D images from the O-Arm onto a computer monitor to guide the surgeon in placing instruments in real time.
Conditions We Treat
At SSM Health, we can use this advanced technology to treat a variety of conditions, including:
At SSM Health, we’re proud to offer state-of-the-art technology and expertise to help treat even the most complex conditions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, request a second opinion, or even if you simply want to learn more about the state-of-the-art technological advances and procedures we provide at SSM Health. Our exceptional neurosciences team is here to help you every step of the way.