Our spine team is devoted to providing the best care and prompt evaluation to all patients. Regardless of where you are in your care journey, we are here for you, both in person and virtually. To request an appointment, please call 877-777-2134 or fill out an online appointment request form. To refer a patient, please call 1-800-MD-TO-BWH (1-800-638-6294) or see our list of referral options.
Certain spinal conditions, such as back pain, are very common. Treating these conditions can be very challenging, requiring the expertise and coordination of specialists in physical medicine, pain management, and spine surgery. When patients do not improve with non-operative therapies, spine surgery can sometimes be an option.
Patients requiring spine surgery can find comprehensive and state-of-the-art care at Brigham and Women's Hospital Comprehensive Spine Center. Our internationally recognized team of spine care experts provides world-class, patient-focused care for a broad range of spinal conditions.
To provide greater access to our clinicians, patients may consult a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon about spine surgery at three locations:
Spine surgery can be used to treat a range of spine diseases and conditions, typically after other non-operative therapies have been unsuccessful. These conditions include:
The specific options for spine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital include:
Spine surgery is performed by an orthopaedic or neurological surgeon.
Non-surgical treatment for spinal conditions includes rest, physical therapy, and medical pain management (oral medications or spinal injections). Typically, these therapies are used before spine surgery is considered. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other imaging can help determine the source of back pain, but the comprehensive assessment of functional impairments forms the basis for the creation of a treatment plan.
The Brigham and Women’s Comprehensive Spine Center offers multidisciplinary treatment for patients experiencing spinal conditions due to back pain, disease, or injury. Patients are referred to the appropriate clinical service for initial evaluation using advanced diagnostic procedures and imaging. Neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons in the center work with specialists in pain management and physical medicine to development personalized treatment plans. The collaborative focus of the center allows patients to seamlessly transition between clinical services as dictated by their diagnosis and progress.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital has long been committed to not only the care of our patients but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-centered care involves systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and follow established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our inpatient satisfaction survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and areas for improvement. We pride ourselves in the quality of patient care we provide and how we are measured compared with other hospitals.
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