Exceptional Spine Care 

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.

Our Spine Treatment Philosophy

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.

Spine Conditions We Treat

  • Failed back surgery syndrome (unsuccessful previous spinal surgeries)
  • Herniated disk (rupture of a disk in the neck or lower back)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the canal surrounding the spinal cord and/or nerves)
  • Radiculopathy (shooting pain down the arm or leg)
  • Degenerative disk disease (deterioration of the disks in the neck or lower back)
  • Cervical myelopathy (damage to the spinal cord in the neck region)
  • Spondylosis (abnormal wear on the bones and cartilage of the neck or back)
  • Spondylolysis (defect in a segment of bone in the lower back)
  • Spondylolisthesis (slippage or displacement of one vertebra relative to another)
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Kyphosis (abnormal rounding of the spine)
  • Degenerative disorders of the spine
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal tumors
  • Trauma (fractures)
  • Tumors of the spinal cord
  • Tethered cord
  • Neurofibromatosis of the spine

Surgical Treatments & Techniques for Spine Injuries

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Cervical disk replacement
  • Computer-assisted navigation (advanced imaging techniques in the OR that increase accuracy and safety)

  • Lumbar disk replacement

  • Microsurgery

  • Traditional spine surgery
  • Spinal fusion