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Exploring Surgery for: Back, Neck & Spine

At New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), we understand how pain or loss of function in your back, neck or spine can drastically impact your quality of life. Our care team, including our orthopedic and neurology specialists, has the focused expertise to help you return to the activities you love.

The NEBH approach to treating back, neck and spine pain is based on decades of researching new therapies and patient outcomes. As a rule, we try to avoid surgery. Common non-surgical treatments including pain relieving procedures, thoughtful use of medications and physical therapy are available through our Spine Center.  Even if you have tried these treatment methods somewhere else, you should consult with one of our physiatrists and see if one of our treatment protocols is right for you. 90% of the patients who receive treatment at our Spine Center do not need surgery.

Spine-Center-resized2.jpgHowever, if surgery is the best option for relieving your pain and/or restoring function, you can take comfort in knowing NEBH performs more back, neck and spine procedures than any other hospital in Massachusetts. We offer the full range of orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures, including minimally invasive surgeries, deformities and revisions. In every case, we focus on ensuring that you have the best possible long-term outcome.

Coming to NEBH for Back, Neck or Spine Surgery

Our years of orthopedic and neurosurgical experience have allowed us to fine-tune our process before, during and after back, neck or spine surgery to ensure the best possible experience and long-term results for you.

Reducing Your Risk Before Surgery
We've designed our preoperative screening process so that your entire treatment team — surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses and operating room staff — knows your specific treatment plan and surgical needs.

Prior to surgery, we'll take a close look at your health history. This includes factors that may impact your experience during surgery and recovery (e.g. cardiovascular health, diabetes, smoking, weight).

If we identify any risk factors, we can call on the expertise of NEBH’s Department of Medicine specialists. Cardiologists, hematologists, infectious disease specialists and others are available to assist with preoperative planning as appropriate. You'll also be screened for the presence of bacteria on your body that can increase your risk of infections and complicate your surgery and recovery. If any bacteria are found, you will be treated prior to your surgery.

NEBH has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and is a national leader in infection control. All of these steps are geared toward managing your risk, producing the best results and getting you back to your life as soon as possible.

During Your Surgery
We know you're concerned about your safety during surgery. So our anesthesiologists are dedicated to addressing the unique needs of orthopedic patients. The form of anesthesia chosen will depend on the type of surgery to be performed, risk factors and your preferences in order to ensure the best possible outcome.

NEBH has paid particular attention to the concerns of seniors and has studied ways to reduce the risks for seniors when undergoing surgery. NEBH has the expertise to manage the needs of geriatric patients during and after surgery. We have extensively studied the use of anesthesia in the geriatric population and have protocols in place to lessen the anesthesia risks during and after surgery. This includes advanced pain treatments to lessen the need for sedating medications and specialized psychological services available to help eliminate the sedation and confusion that can follow anesthesia.

Following Your Surgery
After your surgery, your care team will monitor and treat your pain in consultation with pain management physicians.

Most procedures are day surgeries and patients can go home that same day. For more complicated surgeries, you may require a hospital stay of a few days. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, individual risk factors or other reasons, you may need to remain at NEBH for up to a week (You will be informed of this prior to your surgery).

If you need to spend time with us, we'll make your stay as pleasant as possible. We're proud to say that NEBH has consistently ranked as a top performer in patient satisfaction. In fact, we've received the Press Ganey Summit Award (one of the healthcare industry's most coveted symbols of achievement in patient satisfaction) each year since 2007.

Most patients are amazed with how they feel following surgery. We generally aim to have patients walk within a day or two of surgery, which helps to speed recovery, reduce pain and set rehabilitation expectations. A variety of rehabilitation services, including inpatient physical therapy, will be supplied to you.

A Commitment to Your Safety

At NEBH, patient safety is ingrained in our history and our culture. Among the many measures we've instituted to boost safety, these are particularly important if you're undergoing back surgery, spine surgery or neck surgery:

  • In light of the risks of impaired mobility, we've made substantial improvements in managing patients at high risk for falls. Our incidence of patient falls with injury is less than half that of our peer hospital group.
  • An aggressive detection and protection program has placed us in the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals for preventing pulmonary embolus and deep vein thrombosis (PE/DVT), a potentially deadly complication of lower-extremity surgery.
  • The NEBH methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) protocol, designed to prevent a dangerous type of staph infection, has been adopted nation-wide.

To schedule an appointment at our Spine Center to explore treatment options or to reach one of our surgeons, please call us at 617-754-5246.

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