ValleyCare's Spine Program offers comprehensive care and treatment for the range of spine injuries and conditions. We work with you to determine the best approach for your specific spine issue that is causing back pain. If surgery is recommended, we offer a comprehensive course of treatment tailored to your needs, including minimally invasive procedures provided by doctors who are experts in advanced therapies.
- Proven expertise in the latest approaches for spine surgery including total disc replacement, revision surgery, and cervical and lumbar fusion. With decades of experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of spine issues, our surgeons are often consulted for second opinions.
- Excellent outcomes, with a lower rate of complications compared to similar-sized California hospitals, according to 2016 National Inpatient Survey data.
- A specialized team that cares for more than 200 spine surgery patients each year. Our multidisciplinary team of spine surgeons, orthopedic-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and pharmacists work together to address your needs and help ensure you have an excellent stay and smooth recovery.
- National recognition with the Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.
- Education and support throughout your stay to ensure you are prepared for surgery and have your questions addressed. Our spine surgery classes, orthopedic nurse coordinators and physical therapists will help you so you know what to expect.
Types of Surgery Offered
Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare offers comprehensive spine care, from common to complex cases. Our board-certified spine surgeons offer a breadth of treatments for all areas of the spine and can discuss the best options for you.
Total disc replacement involves replacing a diseased or damaged disc that is causing pain to the nerves surrounding it. The disc is removed and the vertebra surrounding it is cleared of remaining damaged cartilage. Implants are inserted, replacing the damaged disc and relieving the pinched and pained nerves.
Cervical spinal fusion joins selected bones in the neck. Spinal fusion keeps the spine stable after an injury or infection, or can address neck misalignment.
Lumbar spinal fusion joins selected bones in the lumbar spine. It stops the motion of the spine at a painful section, which in turn decreases pain as the joint no longer moves. This surgery is an option for those with degenerative disc diseases, spondylolisthesis, fractures, scoliosis or an unstable spine.
Revision surgery is performed to correct problems from previous spine surgery.