Spine Surgery

man with back painIf you or someone you know suffers from back pain, you're not alone. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to see their doctor. 

The Neuroscience Institute at Silver Cross Hospital offers advanced care for patients with problems affecting the neck, back, and spine. We can treat nearly any condition of the spine – from herniated discs and spinal stenosis to rare disorders such as tumors. And thanks to advances in spinal surgery and non-surgical techniques, many patients now return to their normal activities more quickly than ever before.

Our spine experts treat a wide array of conditions affecting the neck, back and spine and perform:

  • Cervical and lumbar spine surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures in the spinal column using special cement.
  • Microdiscectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to help relieve sciatic nerve pain in the lower back.
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Neck fusion
  • Nerve repair
  • Robotic Spinal Surgery
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Spinal fusion and more.

If you find yourself needing spine surgery, you can count on The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital to have you feeling better in no time.

Expert Care:

Home to some of the most highly skilled surgeons in the United States, we perform more surgeries using robotic-assisted technology than anyone else in the Chicago area. In fact, surgeons at The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital were the first in Illinois and the tri-state area to use robotic spine surgery with navigation to perform delicate spinal surgery with the utmost precision.

Innovative Spine Surgery Technology:

Spine Surgery Instruments

NEW Robotic Spine Surgery with Navigation

  • A new surgical tool combined with experienced spinal surgeons can significantly improve life for patients who have been debilitated by back pain.
  • In July 2018, the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital became the first hospital in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky to use navigational robotic spine surgery for patients who need a spinal fusion.

How Robotic Spine Surgery Works:

Robotic Surgery

  • Positioned next to the surgeon, the Globus ExcelsiusGPS™ robot’s arm orients the surgeon and pinpoints the exact position to place needed spinal screws. The robot and surgeon then work together – the surgeon operating the instruments, and the robot guiding the direction, depth and angle of the surgeon’s hands.
  • Real-time 3D imaging for enhanced navigation and robotic guidance for bone screw placements ensures maximum precision.
  • The new robotic system seamlessly integrates X-rays taken throughout the surgery with CT scans obtained beforehand. The surgeon uses these images to determine the size and placement of implants and creates a plan based on the patient’s unique anatomy. This is used to guide the robotic arm to a specific region of the spine, similar to a planned route or pathway on a GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway to accurately place the implants using instruments.
  • Throughout the procedure, the surgical instruments and implants are continuously displayed on the screen for the surgeon and staff to monitor, allowing the surgeon to view live feedback for the most precise implant placement.
  • There are several benefits to choosing minimally invasive robotic spine surgery with GPS navigation, including:
    • Shorter hospital stays
    • Less tissue damage
    • Smaller incisions
    • Less noticeable scarring
    • Less exposure to radiation
    • Optimal recovery

Who can benefit from this new surgical robotic system?

People who need a lumbar, thoracic or cervical spinal fusion can benefit from this minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedure. It can also help people with spinal instability due to scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, fractures, and other conditions.

Schedule Appointment

For a referral to a brain and spine specialist, call 1-888-660-HEAL.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.