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Spine Surgery at UPMC

At UPMC Orthopaedic Care, we offer complete spine care and support services — from a Level I Trauma Center to referral to physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Our fellowship-trained surgeons have years of experience performing corrective measures on some of the most challenging cases.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic experts or to ask a question about spine services, complete a form online or call 1-866-987-6784.

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Surgery, Services and Treatments for Spine Conditions

Our number one goal at UPMC Orthopaedic Care is to offer the safest, most effective spine treatments available.

We work to develop new ways to deliver less invasive treatments for a faster recovery.

Minimally invasive spine surgery

Our surgeons are committed to using minimally invasive methods to treat all kinds of spine, neck, and back conditions, such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal deformities
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease

Other treatment options for spine conditions

Our spinal surgery experts offer a long list of treatments, including:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion — to treat spinal compression.
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion — to treat lower back pain for degenerative spine conditions.
  • Cervical and lumbar disc replacement
  • Cervical foraminotomy — to relieve nerve pressure in the cervical area.
  • Complex spinal reconstruction
  • Comprehensive physical therapy programs
  • Epidural (spinal) steroid injections
  • Facet injections (long-lasting steroid injections)
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty — for back compression fractures.
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy — to relieve leg and lower back pain by removing a small piece of bone that presses on the nerve.
  • Spinal deformity correction
  • Spinal fusion — surgery to fuse together two vertebrae.
  • Surgery revisions and corrections

Researching the future in spine surgery

Our orthopaedic research team is always uncovering new knowledge and breakthroughs in spine treatments. They have received national and international awards for their work.

Areas of spine surgery research include:

  • Reversing disc degeneration
  • Cellular growth
  • Gene therapy of the discs
  • Biochemical make-up of the spine
  • Cervical and lumber biomechanics

Spine Conditions We Treat

UPMC Orthopaedic Care treats a broad range of spine, neck, and back conditions including:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Cranial settling or basilar invagination
  • Chordoma
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Facet joint or spinal osteoarthritis
  • Kyphosis
  • Low back pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Primary and secondary (metastatic) tumors
  • Ruptured and herniated discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Spinal dysraphism
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic disc herniations and injuries

Our Spine Surgeons

To find a spine expert who’s right for you, you can easily search by office location and subspecialty by using our expert search.