You deserve care that puts your spine health goals within reach. For some people, this includes surgery. With us, you are in capable hands. Our internationally recognized complex spine surgery experts use techniques that consistently achieve exceptional outcomes.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. You receive care from orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons specializing in complex spine care. Many have decades of experience and international reputations for their contributions to the field. We consistently deliver care that improves your quality of life.
- National recognition: We perform a high volume of procedures with excellent results, and patients speak highly of their experience.
- Connected and comprehensive care: We offers all the expertise and services you need in one program. We pay careful attention to small details that optimize your experience, from surgery to inpatient care and spine rehabilitation (rehab). If you need help along the way, social workers and case managers are here for you.
- Medically appropriate spine surgery: Many people feel better with non-surgical treatments, including aquatic therapy and acupuncture. Spine experts, physical medicine doctors, physical therapists and other specialists work together to personalize your treatment plan. We only recommend surgery if we are certain it will help you.
- Life-changing treatments: Some people with spinal cord injuries regain movement and sensation with nerve transfer procedures. Children with scoliosis undergo procedures to straighten their spines while supporting their skeletal development. Our expertise also includes removing rare spinal tumors and spinal reconstruction.
We explain the spine surgery option that best meets your needs and how it can help you. We perform many procedures, including spinal fusion and decompression surgery, using minimally invasive techniques. These involve small incisions and less blood loss for a shorter hospital stay.
You may need additional services and a longer hospital stay for complex spine surgery. Your care may involve:
We help you stay as comfortable as possible after spine surgery. The team delivers timely care that keeps your recovery moving forward.
We help you get moving as soon as it’s safe to do so. Therapists teach you how to get out of bed and perform self-care activities and other daily tasks.
As your recovery progresses, we help you prepare for discharge. The team explains what to expect and makes follow-up appointments.
Outpatient therapies include sophisticated options that help you regain the highest level of functioning.
Case managers and social workers coordinate helpful services that take some of the stress out of recovering from spine surgery.
Our spine specialists use surgery to treat rare and common conditions, including:
- Flatback syndromeThe natural curvature of the spine flattens out either in your upper spine, lower spine or both causing your torso to pitch forward.
- Round back (kyphosis)This is an unnatural outward curvature in your upper back vertebrae that creates a rounded appearance.
- ScoliosisThis is a sideways spinal curve that often develops in childhood or adolescence.
- Spinal arthritis (spondylosis)This condition causes ongoing pain due to wear and tear on the cartilage cushioning your spine. It can affect joints in your back or neck.
- Spinal stenosisNarrowing in the hollow spaces of the vertebrae through which your spinal cord passes. This puts pressure on nearby nerves.
- Spine tumorsGrowths such as Schwannomas, spinal meningiomas and chordomas occur on your vertebrae, spinal cord or its protective covering.
- Sport injuries causing spinal traumaSpinal trauma can happen when there are collisions with other players or objects. They can also happen with bad falls.
- Traumatic injuriesOrthopedic emergencies in the upper limbs include open fractures, rotator cuff tears and dislocations.