The Spine Center at Valley Neuroscience Institute brings together neurological and orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the treatment of upper back, lower back and neck injuries. VNI specialists evaluate and treat a number of spine conditions:
- Low back pain and neck pain
- Herniated or bulging vertebral discs
- Spinal instability
- Degenerative changes
- Nerve root compression
- Spinal stenosis
- Removal of tumors
- Traumatic (and compression)
- Vertebral fractures
- Spinal AV fistulas
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
- Adult and pediatric spinal deformities
This multidisciplinary approach allows us to individualize every patient’s treatment with a variety of surgical and non-surgical options that allows them to improve their quality of life in a comfortable and caring environment. Read several articles about evaluating and treating back and neck pain.
As a dedicated center, VNI's Spine Center provides personalized, state-of-the-art care for spine patients. Because VNI surgeons, nurses and medical technicians are experienced with spine patients' care pre- and post-surgery, they are better able to anticipate and address issues as they arise, helping get patients get back to a normal life.
Our extensive team of physicians work hand-in-hand with radiologists to identify and treat spine disorders, using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services that aid early detection and diagnosis of spine conditions. VMC therapists also work with VNI spine patients to help reduce pain and discomfort without surgery, or to rehabilitate patients after surgery—getting them back faster toward living their lives. More than 85% of patients who have spine surgery at VNI are able to go home and function in a home environment at the end of the week following surgery.
Back pain comes in many forms, affecting the lower, middle or upper back. Neck pain can occur from the base of the skull down to the shoulders, upper back or arms, restricting the range of movement of your head and neck. Pain in both cases can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, or disabling.
Back and neck pain may be caused by a sudden or repetitive injury, poor posture, a fracture, joint degeneration, pressure on the nerves, a tumor, a narrowing or deformity of the spinal canal, and injury or overuse of muscles or ligaments. Some conditions are successfully treated with rehabilitation, or periodic use of medications. Other conditions may improve with surgery.
Artificial Disc Replacement
Valley Neuroscience Institute's Spine Center is one of the only hospitals in the Pacific Northwest currently performing the recently FDA-approved artificial disc replacement surgery on patients meeting the surgical criteria for this procedure.
In addition, The Spine Center is one of the few medical centers in the Seattle area to offer cervical disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion. This cutting edge procedure treats symptoms such as arm pain or weakness caused by degenerative disc disease in the neck, while preserving motion in the neck.
Neurosurgeons at VNI also perform the following additional surgical procedures:
- Decompressive laminectomies for stenosis
- Laminectomies and discectomies for herniated discs
- Posterior and anterior cervical fusions for disc problems
- Instability or spinal cord compression
- Posterior interbody and posterolateral thoracic and lumbar fusions for stenosis
- Disc problems and instability
- Removal and insertion of spinal instrumentation
- Surgical reconstruction of spinal deformities
- Revisions of previous spinal surgery
Spine Surgery Pre-Operative Seminar Video
To prepare for surgery watch our Spine Unit Pre-Operative Seminar Video that explains what you need to know.