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The University of Chicago Medicine spine team offers a wide range of non-surgical, minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques for the treatment of back and neck problems. We maximize the use of nonsurgical interventions for reducing pain and restoring your mobility. When surgery is the best treatment option, our doctors will always identify when a procedure can and should be performed using minimally invasive techniques that involve smaller incisions than those in traditional open surgery. Patients can be certain that their surgeon will always choose the most effective solution for their condition — a treatment that has the highest probability of providing the most improvement and durability for the longest period of time.
We believe in a patient-centered process of informed and shared decision-making. Patients receive a complete evaluation in addition to a thorough account of their symptoms and an explanation of all non-operative and operative treatment options. We are committed to listening to and guiding you through this decision with respect and compassion. We empower our patients to be active in their health care and work with us to decide the best treatment for their condition and lifestyle.
Computer-assisted navigation (advanced imaging techniques in the OR that increase accuracy and safety)
Lumbar disk replacement
Stu McDonald grew up enjoying the outdoors in Vail, Colorado, especially hiking and cycling with his family. He discovered a new sport his freshman year at the University of Chicago in 2015, after spotting a flyer for the University of Chicago Men’s Crew Team.Learn more about Stu's journey
Angelina Crenshaw loves to travel. She has a busy social life, enjoying church, shopping and visiting with loved ones. But in her fifties, the Morgan Park (Chicago) resident experienced shooting pain in her legs.Read more about Angelina's story
Most days you can find Keith Affeld working in his yard or tinkering with his 1940 Chevy sedan. Having worked in a steel mill for 43 years, he is no stranger to the rigors of physical labor. At 65, he still mows his own lawn until back pain became too much.Learn more about Keith's recovery