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Comprehensive Spine Care

One out of ten people who have neck and back pain need surgery. The spine surgeons at Winchester Medical Center (WMC) have the knowledge and experience for diagnosis and treatment of spine pathologies. Comprehensive spine care can range from non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, or pain management to minimally invasive, and if warranted, more involved surgical procedures.

All surgeons that perform spine surgery at Winchester Medical Center are trained in the latest minimally invasive techniques including the extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), which offers spinal surgery without making an incision in the patient's back.

Spine treatments include:

  • Cervical and lumbar stenosis
  • Disc herniation and disc replacement
  • Spine trauma and stabilization
  • Spine and spinal cord tumors
  • Congenital spinal disorders in adults

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive techniques minimize surgical trauma to the patient while providing the safest and most effective results. In recent years, minimally invasive techniques have changed the face of spine surgery and the patient’s recovery. Minimally invasive spine surgery offers the same post-surgical benefits as traditional spine surgery – but with much less trauma.

Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include:

  • Smaller incision, using an endoscope minimizing disruption of spinal muscles
  • Use of a microscope limiting damage to supporting structures
  • Decreased pain and scarring that can develop after post-surgery
  • Reduced anesthesia during procedure reducing related complications
  • Reduced length of hospital stays, enabling many patients to go home the same day after endoscopic spine surgery

Learn More about Valley Health Spine Surgery

The collaborative WMC spine team includes neurosurgeons from Virginia Brain and Spine and an orthopedic surgeon at Winchester Orthopaedic Associates, who provide total spine care and participate in clinical research trials for collection of pertinent spine data and to establish best practices. For more information, call Winchester Medical Center at 540-536-8000.

Valley Health Virginia Brain & Spine was recognized by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "five spine practices to know." Read more about the recognition here: 5 Spine Practices to Know.

To learn about other neurosurgical procedures, visit our Neurosurgery page.

To learn more about post-surgical spinal exercises and precautions that will aid in recovery, visit our Spinal Precautions & Exercises page.

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Winchester Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield with a Blue Distinction Centers®+ for Spine Surgery designation. Blue Distinction Centers® are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations. Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers® for Spine Surgery demonstrate expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissions compared to other facilities. All designated facilities must maintain national accreditation. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other facilities.

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