Northeast Ohio Spinal Specialists at UH Spine Institute
Comprehensive Spine Center Offers Precise, Innovative Procedures for Spinal Disorders
The spine is a complex structure consisting of vertebra, discs, nerves and the spinal cord. A healthy spine is critical to many activities of daily living. Actions such as turning, bending, standing and lifting cannot be accomplished without pain when certain spinal conditions exist.
At the nationally recognized University Hospitals Spine Institute, our spine surgeons specialize in providing the most advanced minimally invasive treatment options for patients with spinal disorders. Recent technological advancements in spinal surgery and the minimally invasive spine surgery techniques utilized by our surgeons result in less discomfort, shorter recovery times and improved results for our patients.
UH was the first in Ohio to offer CyberKnife®, which uses robotic technology to provide painless, noninvasive radiation therapy. Our institute offers this treatment to patients with tumors and lesions of the neck and spine, including those previously diagnosed as untreatable or inoperable.
UH Spine Institute is actively involved in many research projects that are contributing to the development of cutting-edge treatment options. Our spine specialists treat a variety of disorders including arthritis, degenerative disorders, scoliosis, herniated discs, spinal tumors, fractures and paralysis.
Close Collaboration for Optimal Results
The UH Spine Institute brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines who collaborate using the latest clinical advances and technologies. Many are involved in nationally funded research that may lead to future innovations in medical care.
Our team consists of spine specialists across many disciplines, including neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiology, rheumatology, and pain management dedicated to the management of spinal pathologies.
Our nationally recognized spinal surgeons specialize in novel, minimally invasive spine surgery techniques using leading-edge, intra-operative computer assisted navigation technology for improved accuracy and efficacy that translates into less discomfort, minimal blood loss and shorter recovery times. UH physician-scientists have developed much of the technology in use today around the world. Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies, we continue to be engaged in multiple, ongoing research projects.
We focus on providing comprehensive, patient-centered care and evaluate spinal problems in terms of how they affect the person’s overall health and lifestyle. This highly effective approach has been proven to increase quality of care, elevate patient satisfaction and improve outcomes.
Leading-Edge Treatment for a Variety of Spinal Disorders
University Hospitals Spine Institute offers the newest, sophisticated surgical techniques in conjunction with proven, most established methods to address a wide range of spinal problems, including but not limited to:
- Lumbar (lower back) pain and/or instability
- Thoracic (mid/upper back) instability
- Cervical (neck) disc degeneration
- Cervical myelopathy
- Disc problems, including:
- Collapsed disc
- Herniated or slipped disc
- Disc extrusion
- Disc protrusion
- Torn discs and annular tear
- Facet syndrome
- Malignant and benign spinal tumors
- Radiculopathy, or pinched nerve
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica)
- Spinal arthritis
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord compression
- Spinal deformities (e.g., scoliosis and kyphosis)
- Spinal fractures
- Spine infection
- Spinal stenosis
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Thoracic spinal stenosis
Advanced Surgical Procedures for Spine Surgery
The UH Spine Institute utilizes techniques that improve results, reduce pain and accelerate recovery after spinal surgery.
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is among a select group of centers in the U.S. that offer proton therapy for spine tumors. Proton therapy is a highly precise radiation therapy used to treat a variety of tumors in adults and children. It is especially valuable for the treatment of tumors on or near vital structures like the spine because the precise delivery minimizes damage to the surrounding healthy tissue and can reduce the side effects of treatment.
Our advanced procedures include:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and corpectomy
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
- Lateral interbody fusion
- Lumbar laminectomy
- Lumbar microdiscectomy
- Minimally invasive spinal fusion
- Posterior cervical decompression and instrumentation
- Proton beam therapy
- Revision cervical spinal surgery
- Revision lumbar spinal surgery
- Spinal tumor resection