Spinal conditions and injuries, particularly neck and back pain, are quite common, but can be among the most complex and difficult ailments to treat. Millions of people suffer from the broad range of diseases that can affect the spine. Debilitating pain and impaired function often keep people from working and enjoying normal lives. It is estimated that 80% of people will suffer from an episode of back or neck pain in their lifetime.
Our experienced team of highly skilled neurosurgeons and staff work together to provide the best care possible. Whether acute or chronic, we are committed to understanding the problem and will work with each patient to determine the best way to treat it. Patients travel from all over the Northeast to have our experts treat problems, including spinal cord and nerve compression, spinal deformities, spinal tumors, neck and back pain, and sciatica.
Many physicians and surgeons struggle with how to help patients with complex back or neck pain. This is especially true with patients who have had little improvement with prior spinal surgery or unsuccessful medical treatments for such diseases as scoliosis or degenerative disk disease. Our physicians work with a multidisciplinary team in the Yale Spine Center, which brings experts together in one place to create a plan of care tailored to each patient.
We understand that no one wants to wait when they are in pain. The first step may involve seeing one of our non-surgical spine specialists to assess the condition. They will review all previous reports and studies with our team, and refer patients to one of our surgical specialists in neurosurgery or orthopaedics for such surgical options as minimally invasive or motion-preserving spine surgery. Other options include treatment by physical medicine and rehabilitation (also called physiatry) or pain management specialists for injections, medication, and physical therapy.
Our services include:
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Advanced one-day surgical procedures, including vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and laminectomy and discectomies to relieve nerve root compressions
With the advent of new technology, including robotic-guided surgery and computerized navigational systems, our experts can perform muscle-sparing fusions through smaller incisions, mitigating complications associated with large open surgeries.
Our Spine Center specializes in this type of surgery, which is reserved for cases in which all other treatment options have been considered. Our surgeons can perform spinal reconstructions for severely deteriorated spines or repair damage from trauma or prior surgeries. Cutting-edge technology, including robotic assisted surgery, neuro monitoring (monitoring of the nerves), and computer navigation guidance allows our surgeons to place the necessary instrumentation (screws and rods) with exceptional precision, minimizing potential complications.
Yale New Haven Hospital is a Level I trauma center, fully equipped to handle complex spinal cord injuries. Spine patients who undergo surgery benefit from specially equipped surgical suites outfitted with the latest technology. Patients will recover in the hospital’s Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only specialized unit of its kind in the region, that is staffed with neurocritical care nurses with many years of experience caring for neurosurgery patients.
Our health care team continuously challenges current practice to ensure their programs reflect the most advanced treatment options delivered in a way that enhances the well-being and comfort of patients.