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Spine Center

Patients of all ages come to the Spine Center for the diagnosis and treatment of back pain resulting from trauma, degenerative disc disease, deformity, and osteoporosis and related stress fractures. Our position as the primary teaching hospital for the UTHealth Medical School offers our patients access to world-renowned experts in spine care who are fellowship trained at leading institutions.

Innovative Care

We strive for and specialize in a variety of non-surgical treatment options; however, when surgical intervention is necessary, patients can rest assured that they are in the hands of the region’s most experienced spine surgeons. More than 2,000 spine surgeries – from minimally invasive to advanced surgical procedures – are performed by our neurosurgeons annually, more than any other hospital system in Houston. These highly qualified surgeons are dedicated to advancing medicine through research and technology, providing patients with the latest innovations and equipment, and access to groundbreaking clinical trials.

To schedule an appointment, call (713) 704-7100.

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Why Choose the MNI Spine Center?

  • Experience – Our physicians perform more surgeries than any other group in Houston
  • Outcomes – We consistently exceed benchmarks for length of stay and mortality, meaning our patients recover well – and quickly – from surgery
  • Technology and Research – We use the most sophisticated equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions, and our patients have access to the latest clinical trials
  • Multiple locations – Physicians affiliated with MNI practice at campuses across the Memorial Hermann system, so you can access care close to home

More About the Spine Center

Back Pain Treatments

Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Cervical discectomy and fusion is a procedure most commonly performed to relieve pain associated with a cervical herniated disc.  It can also be used to treat cervical degenerative disc disease, severe arthritis, and bone spurs associated with cervical spinal stenosis.  Symptoms of these conditions include severe arm, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness and tingling.

During the procedure, the surgeon removes the disc to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord.  A bone graft taken from the pelvis is fused to the vertebrae on either side of the removed disc to fill the space.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomy and Fusion

Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomy and Fusion is most commonly performed to relieve pain associated with a herniated, bulging or torn disc.  It can also be used to treat cervical degenerative disc disease, sciatica or a pinched nerve. 

During this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon uses endoscopic instruments to capture images of the damaged disc, and then uses a laser to shrink the disc and remove any remaining fragments. 

Cervical Laminectomy

Cervical laminectomy is used to treat spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal cord becomes compressed and sometimes painful bone spurs develop.  The most common symptoms of spinal stenosis include back pain, leg pain when walking, and/or problems with fine motor skills in the hands. 

During a cervical laminectomy, the surgeon will remove a small section of the roof of the spinal cord to give the spine more room and alleviate pain.

Cervical Corpectomy

Cervical corpectomy is used to treat progressive spinal stenosis, which creates painful pressure on the spinal cord.  The procedure involves the surgical removal of the damaged vertebrae and disc as well as any bone spurs. 

The space is then filled with a bone graft from either the pelvis or leg, and replaced fused to provide stability with the connecting vertebrae.

Cervical Laminoforaminotomy

Cervical laminoforaminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is most commonly used to treat radiculopathy, or arm pain, that is caused by herniated discs or bone spurs that are compressing the nerve root in the neck. 

Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include pain that originates in the arm and runs into the hands.  During the procedure, the surgeon makes a very small incision at the back of the neck and removes the herniated disc or other source of pressure on the nerve.

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a procedure where the surgeon uses metal plates, screws and rods to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the spine to eliminate movement between them.  It is used as a treatment option for some cases of herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, deformities of the spine, or for broken vertebrae.

Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement offers an alternative to spinal fusion, and is a surgical technique used to improve mobility and relieve chronic lower back pain in patients.  During the procedure, the damaged disc is removed and replaced with an artificial version that includes plastic spacers, alleviating the need for bone grafts.


Arthrodesis is a procedure in which the surgeon fuses two vertebrae in the spine by placing a bone graft as a bridge, thus eliminating the joint.  The treatment is designed to immobilize the offending joints that cause severe spinal pain due to arthritis.


Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is most commonly used to treat fractures caused by osteoporosis or vertebrae damaged by cancer.  During this procedure, the surgeon uses a balloon-like device to create a space in the damaged vertebrae, then injects a substance similar to cement within the space to create stability and restore the vertebrae.

Spinal Radiosurgery

The Mischer Neuroscience Institute features a new spinal radiosurgery program, which can replace standard radiation treatment for tumors involving the spine and spinal cord. Treatment can be completed in one session, usually in a half-day, in an outpatient setting.

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