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Surgical Options for Back Pain

Our philosophy is that back surgery is not always the best option. Our specialists are national leaders for spine issues,and it is our goal to find the right option for your situation based on the knowledge we’ve gathered from thousands of patients over the last 20+ years.
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Safe and Effective Care

Following are the most common types of spine surgery we offer after patients try non-surgical options first:


Removal of the damaged (herniated) portion of a disc to relieve pressures on nerves in the spine


Removal of the bone overlying the spinal canal to make more room and relieve nerve pressure caused by spinal stenosis

Spinal Fusion

Permanent connection of two or more bones in the spine to relieve pain from a fracture or from a degenerated or injured disc


Bone cement is injected into compressed vertebrae to help stabilize fractures and relieve pain; a similar procedure called a kyphoplasty is when a balloon-like device is inserted to attempt to expand compressed vertebrae before bone cement is injected

Research to Back Your Care

We strongly believe in only the most appropriate, cost-effective treatment for our patients. Our Spine Center took part in a five-year study called The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT). During the study, we looked at three of the most common back conditions (herniated disk, spinal stenosis, and degenerative spondylolisthesis ) and compared the effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical treatments. Approximately 2,500 patients took part in the study, which was conducted at 13 sites across the country. You can trust that the information gathered from this study is being used each and every time we see someone with back pain.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please fill out the form to the right or contact the nearest Dartmouth-Hitchcock Orthopedics location.

Hear about Barbara’s experience about being in the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial and her care at the Spine Center.