Procedures and Treatments

As a tertiary care, academic medical center, Stony Brook University Medical Center is a regional referral center for high-risk procedures involving sophisticated techniques. Patients of the Comprehensive Spine Center have access to a full range of services, surgeries, and treatments, including state-of-the-art microsurgical and minimally invasive procedures as well as large spinal reconstructions. 

  • Advanced diagnostics
  • Arthroplasty—Disc replacement using artificial discs
  • Back and neck surgeries
  • Congenital hemivertebra resection—Surgical treatment of a particular congenital spinal curvature deformity in children
  • Correction of flatback deformity—Surgery improving pain, difficulty walking and stooped posture of flatback syndrome wherein the normal curve of the spine is lost
  • Discectomy—Removal of part of a disc that is bulging or herniated
  • Disc replacement—Lumbar and cervical
  • Dynamic stabilization—inserting flexible rods that mimic physiological motion into the spinal column
  • Endovascular surgery—Minimally invasive surgery using catheters
  • Epidural Steroid Injections – Delivery of steroid medication to the epidural space to treat symptoms related to disc herniations, nerve irritation (Sciatiaca), and/or stenosis.
  • Fluoroscopically guided injections – Use of X-ray imaging during spinal injections to maximize safety and accuracy.
  • Fusionless scoliosis surgery—
  • Intradural spinal cord surgery—Removal of tumors involving the dura mater, the tough, fibrous lining of the spine surrounding the spinal cord
  • Laminectomy—Removal of the back wall of the spinal canal to create more room for the spinal cord
  • Medical evaluation
  • Microdiscectomy—Also known as microdecompression surgery, minimally invasive surgical removal of a tiny portion of bone or disc material, typically involving a lumbar herniated disc, to relieve lower back or leg pain
  • Motion preservation surgery—
  • Minimally invasive procedures—May include dynamic stabilization, vertebral fracture repair,
  • MRI- and CT-guided surgery— Microsurgery using video or image guidance provided by CT or MRI to recreate and navigate the patient’s anatomy
  • Nonsurgical treatment—Includes percutaneous (catheter-based) procedures, injections, nerve blocks, medications, exercise, and therapy
  • Pain management—Comprehensive evaluation and treatment
  • Pedicle subtraction osteotomy—Complex surgical reconstruction for severe spinal curvature
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation—Rehabilitative treatment usually focusing on stretching and exercises.
  • Preventive care
  • Rhizotomy—Cautery of nerve fiber to relieve facet joint or sacroiliac joint pain
  • Spinal cord stimulation—permanently implanted for pain relief
  • Spinal fusion— Surgically uniting two or more vertebral bodies
  • Spinal reconstruction—Surgery using screws, hooks or wires placed in the vertebral bodies and attached to a rod to straighten an abnormal curve
  • Surgical consultations
  • Total disc replacement—Replacement of discs with artificial discs
  • Vertebral fracture repair—Surgical treatment offractures, also known as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 631-444-SPINE (7746).

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