PERSONALIZED SOLUTIONS FOR BACK PAIN AND SPINAL ISSUES
At the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital, our medical professionals demand the very best for our patients. This includes the latest technology and the most minimally invasive procedures available to ensure a quick and full recovery and a solution that will last a lifetime.
The Institute’s physicians initially pursue conservative treatments and view a surgical intervention as a last resort. If surgery is required our physicians utilize the least invasive techniques available to maximize the benefits of surgery with the least amount of risk. Treating a spine injury requires skilled, hands-on evaluation and diagnostic testing, plus plenty of individualized attention.
Your spine physicians at Saint Agnes will work with you before, during and after your surgery. Together, you’ll determine the best form of treatment, as well as a plan for rehabilitation and pain management—so you can get back on your feet faster.
- CT Myelography
Depending on your injury and diagnosis, your doctor will recommend a specific treatment path for you. Options may include non-surgical and/or surgical procedures, such as the following.
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet blocks
- Cervical and lumbar traction
- Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Cervical Disc Replacements
This procedure involves placing an artificial disc between two of the cervical vertebrae thus alleviating pressure on the spinal cord or affected nerve. This procedure helps to preserve the motion of the spine.
The intervertebral foramina is an opening between adjacent vertebrae that allows nerves to pass to and from the spinal cord. If this passage is being obstructed or the nerve is being pinched by a bone or disc surgery may be required. Our surgeons alleviate this issue with a minimally invasive Foraminotomy procedure, which entails using an arthroscope to remove the obstruction.
A surgeon removes the lamina (the bone overlying the spinal cord and nerves) and removes disk fragments that press on nerve roots in your spine.
These procedures involve the injection of a type of cement mixture into a fractured vertebrae through the use of a hollow needle and the guidance of imaging technology. The purpose of this procedure is to relieve compression of the fractured the bone that causes pain. Kyphoplasty differs from Vertebroplasty in that a balloon is first utilized to create space in the bone.
A surgeon removes a small piece of the lamina and scrapes out protruding disk material.
Microsurgery can be used successfully on a small disk bulge pressing on a branch of the sciatic nerve (a group of nerves bound in one nerve sheath that runs from the lower back through the buttocks and thigh to the knee). It offers advantages over conventional surgery, including a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications and less postoperative pain.
Spinal cord stimulators for chronic pain
In this procedure electronic leads and a power supply are implanted that enable regular, electric stimulation of the spinal cord.
This operation involves a bone graft (usually bone from the pelvis and chips from the spine) to fuse to the lower spinal vertebrae and prevent painful motion of the spine. Months of casting and bracing are required to immobilize the back and promote a solid fusion. Our surgeons perform this surgery as minimally invasive as possible.
Contact the Spine Center
To speak with a physician about spinal surgery or to attend a pre-operation surgery class, call:
Contact Rehabilitation Services
When you have joint replacement surgery, supervised rehabilitation is required. Our rehabilitation experts help patients get back to a normal life as safely and quickly as possible.
Call 410-368-2800 or visit Rehab Services online for more information.
Awards & Recognition
Industry peer groups applaud our Orthopaedic & Spine Institute for its quality of care and treatment. Recent honors include:
- Designated Institute of Quality For Spine, Hip and Knee surgery by the Aetna Institutes of Quality for Orthopaedic Care
- Achieved status as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
The Spine Center team includes specialists from several departments, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery, anesthesia, psychiatry and internal medicine—all with expertise in treating the unique problems of the spine.
We specialize in correcting spine problems related to:
- Degenerative spinal conditions
- Herniated disc lesions
- Soft tissue strains, sprains and contusions
- Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
- Work-related back pain
- Mechanical back dysfunction
- Traumatic and overuse spine injuries
- Spinal deformities, acquired and congenital
- Whiplash injuries
- Systemic diseases affecting the spine
- Fractures, dislocations and subluxations
Dr. Raymond Haroun, Director of Spine Surgery at the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital, discusses why he chooses to practice at Saint Agnes as well as the exciting techniques that are being utilized in spine surgery at the hospital.
View interactive 3D animations of orthopedic surgical procedures.