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Johnston-Willis Hospital
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Spine Care

Trust Only the Best with Your Spine

When it comes to your spine, you only want the most experienced clinical teams working with you. That’s what you get when you choose Johnston-Willis Hospital as your hospital for spinal surgery. Johnston-Willis is one of very few hospitals on the East Coast with operating suites and teams completely dedicated to brain and nervous system care, with the most sophisticated intensive care units and patient transition facilities.

With coordinated brain, nervous system, and stroke care and resources such as Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Neuroscience and Gamma Knife Center and Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery, you gain the benefits of advanced technology. Our tools for highly precise imaging lead to more accurate diagnoses and more targeted treatment. Our minimally invasive options, including the use of robotics, like Mazor, available at Johnston-Willis, result in shorter surgeries with better outcomes, including less time in the hospital and a quicker return to daily life.

When to See a Doctor

The spine is a complex structure that provides mobility and strength to the body. A healthy neck and back contribute to fluid movements, but, when there is a deformity, injury or disease of the spine, common activities, such as turning, bending or stretching, may become painful.

Spine surgery may be necessary to correct spine problems that involve nerves, discs, or bones. Neurological or orthopedic conditions can cause pain, limited motion, or weakness. At Johnston-Willis Hospital, our team performs a wide array of specialized spine surgeries and procedures, including pediatric care.

Most back pain will start to improve within a day or two of restricted activity or over-the-counter medication, but if you find yourself taking medication over an extended period of time to relieve back or neck pain, you should see one of our spine specialists. In those cases, your primary care doctor can help you determine which spine specialist (neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon) is right for you.

Sometimes physical therapy is enough to help get you back on the road to recovery. Ongoing, consistent physical therapy over time may help alleviate some of your back pain.

However, when physical therapy alone isn’t enough, your physician may determine that spine surgery is necessary. Over the last decade, there have been technological advancements for better patient safety and faster patient recovery. Robotics may be an option for you. Robotics have been used for spine surgery in complex cases in thousands of spinal procedures worldwide. And it’s available here at Johnston-Willis Hospital. Call us today to learn more about physicians who use robotics in spine surgeries when they consider it a treatment option.

Spine surgeries and procedures we perform:

  • Spinal Fusion
  • Microdiskectomy
  • Artificial Cervical Disc Spinal Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
  • Digital Biplane Angiography (3DBRA)

Please contact our Spine Nurse Navigator for more information at (804) 349-8915.

Prior to surgery, every patient has the opportunity to attend a one-on-one pre-op class with the nurse navigator. This ensures that you feel fully prepared for surgery, avoid post-op complications and understand what will happen every step of the way.

Returning to life’s daily activities after spinal surgery can be overwhelming. When you have your surgery at Johnston-Willis Hospital, we’re with you every step of the way through your rehabilitation process. While you're still an acute care hospital patient, we begin your rehabilitation right in your room, helping you launch the process of reclaiming your abilities.

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Resources

Within our comprehensive healthcare network, you can also take advantage of additional rehabilitation services and treatments, including:

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation - Focused, intensive treatments and therapies for qualified candidates during a designated period of time at a live-in facility. Click to learn more about our Inpatient Rehabilitation program.
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation - Extensive range of multifaceted treatments and therapies (speech/language, swallowing, physical, occupational, aquatic, and more) delivered with one-on-one support and tailored to your situation
  • Advanced Therapies and Treatments - Variety of options (Bioness, LiveOn, VitalStim, SaeboFlex) to retrain the body's electrical impulses and nervous system and improve function and control in hands, arms, legs, throat and other areas
  • Driving Assessment and Education - One-on-one evaluation and training, approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and provided by registered occupational therapists; designed to help you regain skills and return to independence. Click to learn more about our Driving Assessment Program.