When back pain includes loss of function and numbness that doesn't respond to medication and bed rest, surgery may be the answer. If you and your doctor decide it's time for spine surgery, choose St. Francis. Helping back-surgery patients return home quickly and comfortably is a priority at St. Francis. We are fully equipped for all types of spine surgeries and our spine program has been named a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Excellence, one of only three hospitals in South Carolina to receive this distinction.
Our spine surgeons can treat common and complex spine and neurological conditions with treatments such as spinal fusions, laminectomies, herniated disk surgery, and surgery for sciatica, scoliosis, and more. Many of these can even be completed on an outpatient basis.
Our spine care program offers a pre-surgical "Prehab" educational program to help patients understand in detail what to expect before, during, and after their procedure. Some of our most commonly performed spine surgeries include:
If you suffer from sciatica pain, surgery may bring you the relief you need. Generally there are two types of surgeries that can relieve sciatica pain—microdiscectomy that relieves a lumbar disk herniation, or a lumbar laminectomy if the sciatica pain is due to lumbar spinal stenosis.
Herniated Disk Surgery
While many herniated disk patients can count on conservative measures to resolve their pain, up to 30 percent will need spine surgery. Our spine surgeons use advanced procedures to offer relief with minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.
Percutaneous Spinal Fusion
St. Francis was one of the first Upstate health systems to support a new minimally invasive type of surgery on the spine, called percutaneous spinal fusion. This procedure allows surgeons to remove and replace an entire spinal disk through four very small incisions. This procedure allows patients to avoid some of the pain and potential complications involved in more traditional surgery, which exposes and invades large areas of muscle. Most patients are up and walking the next day with little back pain, and most can go home from the hospital after two or three days. Percutaneous spinal fusion is a viable option for most patients with complicated spine problems, such as degenerative disk disorders and slippage in the spine.
Intricate, specialized surgeries involving the brain, central nervous system, or skeletal system used to be performed at only a few hospitals, which meant patients and their families often had to travel. St. Francis recognized that giving our community close access to such procedures was important to our mission of caring. Today, the hospital's neurosurgical services rival any in the region. Arthroscopy, neck, and back surgery, intracranial surgery, and spinal fusion are among the neurosurgical procedures performed at St. Francis.
Talk with your doctor to find out if you need back surgery. St. Francis also offers a Spine Triage Center for those with chronic or acute back or neck pain who are not yet ready for surgery.