The Spine Center delivers:

  • Compassionate, patient-centered care
  • A multidisciplinary team of clinicians, including surgeons, physiatrists, pain specialists and advanced practitioners, to ensure your treatment is tailored for your needs
  • Non-operative treatment options and the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive procedures, to get you back to your active lifestyle

What to Expect

Dr. Joseph Schwab, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Joseph Schwab going over an x-ray with a patient

During your initial appointment, our team will perform a complete evaluation. Some tests may be necessary at that time, including x-rays, CT scans and MRIs.

Based on the findings, an initial diagnosis will be made. Then we will develop an individualized treatment plan to address your unique set of conditions and lifestyle goals. We bring together the clinical professionals with the most appropriate skills to deliver your care.

Non-operative & Minimally Invasive Treatments

Surgery is not necessary for all spine conditions. Our team first considers all non-surgical options, which may include medication, physical therapy and injection therapy.

Our surgeons also offer a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including microdiscectomy, thoracoscopic fusion techniques and other less invasive methods for treating the spine.

Dr. Stuart Hershman, Spine Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Stuart Hershman examining a patient

Complex Spine Surgery

The Orthopaedic Spine Center at MGH is a leader in complex spine procedures, addressing problems related to deformity (scoliosis or kyphosis), trauma and issues related to patients undergoing multiple surgeries. The Spine Center has a dedicated, multidisciplinary team to help patients throughout their entire care journey, including spine surgeons, non-surgical doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pain management specialists and advanced practitioners.

Complex spine surgery may seem daunting, but our experienced team will work with patients and their families to ensure care is specifically tailored to each individual patient. We take great care to make sure our patients are comfortable through proper pain management and coordinated post-operative care. Our Spine Team wants to get each patient back to doing the things they love.

We use risk stratification models to identify which patients are considered to have a complex spine problem. Our goal is to reduce the risk of adverse events and enhance clinical outcomes, which include a patient’s pain relief, safety and satisfaction. Our team is focused on early patient engagement, preoperative optimization for surgical intervention, improved operating room efficiency and greatly coordinated postoperative care. We also incorporate into our program novel means of patient engagement and interaction via virtual visits and other tools such as email and text messages.

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