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Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery

The Spine Center at Pardee provides patients with back, neck and spine problems access to expert spine specialists and personalized care. This personalized care is orchestrated by a multidisciplinary group of providers who collaborate to provide an optimal patient experience and clinical outcomes. Our Guided Patient Service (GPS) accelerates patient treatment regardless of whether or not it requires surgery. John Hicks, M.D., is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and fellowship-trained in Spine Surgery. Dr. Hicks performs surgeries for diseases affecting the neck, upper and lower back and the spinal column including:

  • Anterior Cervical Disectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Discectomy: A procedure where part of the herniated disc is removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root.
  • Laminectomy and Laminotomy: A procedure where part of the vertebral bone is removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord.
  • Foraminotomy: Surgery to enlarge the passageway where a spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal, relieving pressure and reducing inflammation.
  • Interspinous Vertebral Decompression: An outpatient procedure where a titanium implant is used to narrow the spinal canal and decrease pain.
  • Microlumbar Discectomy (MLD): A minimally-invasive procedure to remove discs.
  • Vertebroplasty: A procedure that is used to treat conditions such as osteoporosis and some spinal tumors that can cause fractures, bone collapse and pain. X-rays guide a needle into the weakened vertebra followed by an injection of bone cement to strengthen the bone and relieve the pain.
  • Kyphoplasty: A procedure where a cement-like substance is injected into vertebrae that stabilizes fractures or strengthens areas weakened by osteoporosis, trauma or a tumor.
  • Spinal Fusion: A spinal fusion occurs when one or more of the spine's vertebrae are united together or fused so that motion no longer occurs between them. The concept of fusion is similar to that of welding. However, spinal fusion surgery does not weld the vertebrae immediately during surgery. Instead, during surgery, bone grafts are placed around the spine. It then takes the body several months to heal the graft which joins or welds the vertebrae together.
  • Scoliosis and Kyphosis Surgery: A procedure that gives the spine a more normal configuration following a severe diagnosis of one of these illnesses.

Meet our surgeon:

Dr. John Hicks