At Sentara, we understand back, neck and spine pain can significantly impact your life. Our experts at the Sentara Spine Center put us at the forefront of successful non-surgical and surgical treatments that ease discomfort and restore movement.
Our experts treat the full range of spine challenges resulting from arthritis, congenital disorders and injuries. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, we thoroughly diagnose and provide safe treatments -- from therapies and minimally invasive procedures to surgeries and guided recovery -- that don't require long-term reliance on pain medications. We put our experience to work for you so you can get back to doing what you love.
Together with your physician and surgeon, you can pinpoint the surgery best suited for you. Our surgeons are expertly qualified to provide the following options, among others:
Cervical decompression and spine fusion: Your surgeon makes an incision in the lower front of your neck and then removes certain intervertebral discs, using retractors to protect your neck's soft tissue. Most often, your surgeon removes only abnormal discs.
Cervical discectomy and fusion: Your surgeon retrieves a disc in your neck and fuses the vertebrae together. This procedure relieves pressure and pain by stabilizing the damaged area of your spine.
Cervical disc replacement (arthroplasty) using artificial discs: To preserve as much motion as possible in your cervical spine, your surgeon replaces an affected disc with an artificial one.
Cervical laminectomy: In this operation, your surgeon removes the laminae, the "roof" of the spinal canal, along with soft tissue that might be causing pressure on your spinal cord.
Complex reconstructive spine surgery: This type of surgery helps patients who have had back, neck or spine surgery, scoliosis or another condition that involves more than three spinal segments. Your surgeon will have a subspecialty in complex surgery.
CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery: For complex or hard-to-reach spinal cancer, we offer CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery. This innovative system allows us to deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor with pinpoint accuracy.
Kyphoplasty: This minimally invasive procedure corrects a compression fracture. Your surgeon inserts a needle through a small incision, then inflates a balloon in your damaged bone. He or she then injects bone cement into the new space, where it hardens and reinforces the vertebrae.
Lumbar decompression and fusion: To ease pain and improve stability, your surgeon may recommend fusing vertebrae together. This procedure stabilizes the spine and relieves pain.
Lumbar laminectomy: For people who have spinal stenosis, this decompression surgery makes the spinal canal larger and eases pain. Your surgeon removes a portion of the vertebra called the lamina to reduce pressure on the spinal canal.
Lumbar microdiscectomy: To relieve sciatica pain, your surgeon removes part of a disc that places pressure on the nerves.
MAZOR robotic-assisted spine surgery: Our experts use the MAZOR Robotics Renaissance System for its precision, safety and effectiveness. Prior to surgery, we create a blueprint of our surgical plan using groundbreaking 3D planning software. The Renaissance system guides your surgeon's tools and ensures precision throughout the surgery.
Resection of spinal tumors: With this surgery, our team can remove tumors in the lumbar spinal canal and then determine if they are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Spine trauma surgery: Teaming with an extensive group of experts, our surgeons repair and minimize broken bones, disks and vertebrae and stabilize the spine so that you can regain as much movement as possible.