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Orthopedic Spine Center at Miami Valley Hospital

The Orthopedic Spine Center at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) offers comprehensive services—from pre-assessment through rehabilitation—all in one location. We deliver patient-centered care using specialized experience and advanced technology.

Our Approach to Care

Not all conditions affecting the spine require surgery. At MVH, we first evaluate each patient on an individual basis and attempt non-surgical options such as physical therapy and pain medications. We then evaluate the patient’s response to non-surgical treatment to determine if surgery is necessary.

If it is determined that spine surgery is needed, we provide the optimal recovery atmosphere for our orthopedic patients and their loved ones. MVH has private, highly-equipped and spacious rooms, and a care team that is dedicated to providing our patients with a comfortable stay and positive outcomes.

Our Spinal Care Team

The Orthopedic Spine Team at MVH has advanced education and skills and strives to provide the best possible care. Our specialized nursing staff works only with orthopedic spine patients, providing consistency and well-coordinated care.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Care coordinators
  • Nurse educators
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Patient care technicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Social workers
  • Surgeons

Our Spine Surgeons  

The orthopedic spine surgeons at MVH are fellowship-trained and are completely dedicated to the treatment of spine and back problems. Through this specialization, they have developed a deep understanding of the disease process and treatment methods.

Our surgical care team is committed to answering questions and taking as much time as needed for our patients to feel comfortable and confident. Our surgeons coordinate patient care and work with patients and their families to facilitate the best possible outcomes.

Spinal Conditions Treated at MVH

  • Lumbar spine arthritis - Inflammation of the joints in the lower back that causes pain and or stiffness. Lumbar arthritis is a degenerative condition (continues to get worse over time), with varying degrees of symptoms.
  • Osteoporosis - A disease that weakens bones and is a common factor leading to compression fractures of the spine in aging. It is more common in women than men.
  • Ruptured/herniated disc - A ruptured or herniated disc can put pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord resulting in neck or back pain. It can also result in pain, weakness and/or change in sensation in the arms and legs.
  • Spinal stenosis - A narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column (neural foramina). This can cause pain, weakness and/or numbness in the back, neck or affected extremities.
  • Spine fractures/spine trauma - Fractures of the spine can cause damage to the spinal cord or spinal nerves. The degree of damage determines the severity of symptoms experienced and the form of treatment used. Spinal fractures are often a result of trauma, such as a car accident, but can also occur due to weakened bones.
  • Spondylolisthesis - A condition where vertebral bodies become unstable and move or slip causing back pain and/or pain in the lower extremities. It is commonly a degenerative process (continues to get worse over time).
  • Spondylosis - A broad term describing the deterioration of the spine due to normal wear-and-tear that can occur with age. This deterioration can put pressure on neural elements (nerve structure including the spinal cord and spinal nerves) and cause pain and/or weakness.

Spinal Treatments at MVH

  • Discectomy – This involves removing a portion of an intervertebral disc to relieve pressure on the affected neural structures including spinal nerves and/or the spinal cord.
  • Foraminotomy/foraminectomy - Bone is removed to make more room for the spinal nerves as they exit the spinal cord.
  • Fusion - A surgical procedure that fuses together instable vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. Fusion usually involves some combination of bone graft and instrumentation. It is sometimes needed along with spinal decompression procedures.
  • Kyphoplasty - A procedure used to stabilize the bone and alleviate pain from a spinal fracture.
  • Spinal decompression surgery - A general term referring to surgical procedures which relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves.
  • Spinal disc replacement - A relatively new surgery performed to treat specific types of back pain while avoiding the problems associated with spine fusion surgery.
  • Spinal tumor surgery - A procedure used to remove tumors and stabilize the spinal column.
  • Treatment of spinal fractures - Involves stabilizing the spinal column to prevent further neurologic deterioration, allowing rapid mobilization for early physical therapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation.

Patient Education

MVH offers a spine class to educate patients about their treatment. Patients may attend this class prior to surgery to learn vital information in preparation for their procedure and recovery.

Learn more about Spine Surgery at Miami Valley Hospital.

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