Whether it means resuming walks with your dog, chasing grandchildren or kayaking Lake Washington, regaining a life worth living is defined differently for each of us. The Spine Center at Valley is here to help you live an active life without pain.
Valley's spine care helps patients return to an active lifestyle.
The Spine Center at Valley Neuroscience Institute brings together neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the treatment of upper back, lower back and neck injuries. VNI specialists evaluate and treat many spine conditions:
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.
VNI's Spine Center provides personalized, state-of-the-art care for spine patients in a comfortable, caring environment. Because VNI surgeons, nurses, medical technicians and therapists 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. 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.
Valley Neuroscience Institute's Spine Center is one of the only hospitals in the Pacific Northwest currently performing 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 the Neuroscience Institute also perform these surgical procedures:
View entire video of Doc Talk (39 minutes)
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00:00 Intro & doctor qualifications
02:16 Spinal disc replacement vs spinal fusion
05:57 An alternative to spinal fusion, but relatively new and still in testing
08:26 Is it safe and FDA approved?
11:25 Who is a candidate for disc replacement?
13:24 Surgical technique, is disc replacement better than fusion?
17:20 How it works—the mechanics of disc replacement
21:14 Criticism—Current limitations of spinal disc implants
23:45 Expected life of a spinal disc implant
26:32 Reasons for revision surgery
27:25 Does it protect adjacent spine segments from disease?
28:51 Can more than one disc be replaced?
31:36 Reasons disc replacement is not permitted
38:15 Conclusion and contact information
Related Seminar Excerpts:
Q&A: Lumbar segments and sciatic pain
Q&A: Typical recovery period
Q&A: Are patients with DISH candidates for disc replacement?
Q&A: Pain relief—Steroid shots vs spine surgery
Prepare for surgery: watch a recording of our Video to Watch Before Spine Surgery that explains what to expect and what you need to know.
Before Spine Surgery:
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00:00 — Introduction with Dr. Thompson
06:25 — General Information with Josh Grant PA-C
13:37 — Seminar Goals
14:14 — Your stay at the Spine Center
15:50 — Preparing for your Surgery
18:53 — Day of Surgery
21:46 — Check-in at Surgery Admitting
22:01 — In the OR
22:44 — The Recovery Room (PACU)
24:35 — Pain Management
26:02 — Managing Possible Risks
27:06 — Rehabilitation
28:00 — Incision Care
28:38 — Going Home
29:57 — Equipment for Home
30:18 — Do’s and Don’ts after Surgery
Rick was among the eighty percent of Americans who live with back pain. But when he began experiencing numbness in his leg, Rick knew it was time to seek help. He went to Jason Thompson, MD, Orthopedic Medical Director of The Spine Center at Valley Medical Center. Dr. Thompson found that Rick’s vertebrae were markedly out of alignment, crushing his nerves. "Without surgery, he ran the risk of irreversible damage," he explains. Today Rick lives pain free and is doing the things he loves, including his greatest joy—being a dad.