Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery

The Spine Program at White Plains Hospital

The experts at White Plains Hospital’s Center for Orthopedic & Spine Surgery provide quality spinal care, close to home, by offering innovative surgical and nonsurgical therapies for the full range of spinal disease and disorders—from the simplest cases to the most complex. We use the latest technology to treat your condition and control your pain, reserving surgery when nonsurgical treatments are not effective.

Our spine care team includes physicians, nurses, pain management specialists, physical therapists, physician assistants and care coordinators who collaborate to tailor a personalized plan of care. Patients are also an integral member of this team, and we work together to create a therapeutic regimen that meets each patient’s needs. From diagnostic tests before surgery to treatment and rehabilitation after surgery, we connect you with all the services you need to regain function and return to your daily activities.

Spinal disorders we treat

Spinal disorders most commonly affect the cervical spine (the first seven vertebrae) and the lumbar spine (the lower back). Spine specialists at White Plains Hospital treat all types of spine disorders, including:

  • Radiculopathy, any disease or disorder (such as a herniated disc) which affects the nerve roots.
  • Stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that places pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings (the “neural foramina”) where spinal nerves exit the spinal column.
  • Disc problems, which include bulges or herniation that can place pressure on a nerve root, resulting in pain and disability.
  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition in which a vertebra in the lower part of the spine slips out of the proper position onto the vertebra below it.
  • Osteoarthritis, which is a type of arthritis that can affect the joint and spine causing pain, stiffness, tenderness and loss of flexibility.
  • Spinal Deformity.
  • Fractures, which may be the result of trauma or progressive compression.
  • Infections of the spine.
  • Tumors, which may arise in the spine or spread there from a cancer that started somewhere else.

Diagnostic tests for spinal disorders

When you have back pain, your doctor may order one or more of the following diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the pain, its location and its severity. The following tests are available at White Plains Hospital’s Center for Orthopedics and Spine Surgery, as well as at a number of locations throughout Westchester County:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT scanning)
  • Myelography, the injection of a contrast dye into the spinal canal to enhance x-ray imaging of the spine—used to diagnose spinal nerve injury, herniated discs, fractures, back or leg pain, and spinal tumors
  • Discography, a means of visualizing the spinal discs using CT scanning and a contrast agent
  • Electromyography to diagnose nerve and muscle dysfunction and spinal cord disease; it records the electrical activity from the brain and/or spinal cord to a peripheral nerve root (in the arms and legs) that controls muscles during contraction and at rest
  • Nerve conduction testing to assess nerve function

Center for Orthopedics and Spine Surgery

Spine and orthopedic surgeries, as well as interventional pain management initiatives and diagnostic testing, are conducted at the Center for Orthopedics and Spine Surgery. The Center is located on the 8th floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine & Surgery (CAMS) – a 252,000-square-foot, nine-story outpatient center located at 122 Maple Avenue, at the corner of Maple and Longview avenues, in White Plains. The facility features state-of-the-art operating rooms for ambulatory surgery, advanced imaging (MRI, CT scans), non-invasive diagnostic testing and specialty physician offices.