Spine Surgery

If you have a spine condition that requires surgery, you can trust Providence to provide you with world-class, compassionate care. Our board-certified neurosurgeons perform spine surgery with the skill and experience required for great outcomes. We’re at the forefront of surgical advances that can ease or eliminate your pain, so you can return to a full life.

Why Choose Us for Your Spine Surgery?

We don’t take spine surgery lightly – it’s usually the last choice after all other therapies have been considered. If it’s the best option for you, our surgeons are here to help get you back to the things you love. Learn why we care for spine surgery patients during nearly 18,000 appointments every year.

Our spine neurosurgeons understand that spine conditions can cause constant and chronic pain. Their goal is to work with you to find the least invasive treatment to bring you relief. We know spine surgery can be an intimidating prospect. That’s why your surgeons make sure you have the most beneficial procedure and understand every step of your treatment. After surgery, we care for you through your recovery and rehabilitation. And if you need long-term care, we’ll be with you for years to come.

Providence neurosurgeons have the experience, skills and resources to perform the most complex procedures. These include spinal fusion, artificial disc replacement and spinal reconstruction with robotic navigation. Our spine surgeons work with specially trained neurosurgical nurses who help prepare you for your procedure and support you as you heal. You may also work with physiatrists and physical and occupational therapists to help you increase your mobility and strength as you recover.

Providence offers options and hope to patients who may benefit from the most advanced spine surgery. We’re at the forefront of surgical advances and have been involved in several clinical trials to bring patients new surgical techniques. Our leadership in innovation helps us provide better neurological care – and a better life – for you and your loved ones.

Patient Stories

In the 35 years since she’d been diagnosed with scoliosis, Shannen Stierwalt had seen her condition steadily worsen. She couldn’t stand, bend, sleep or even breathe without pain. Finally she came to Providence, where surgery with state-of-the-art robotics gave her relief. “I’m not living in pain – it’s the best feeling in the world,” she says. Read Shannen Stierwalt's story

Shannen Stierwalt

Our Commitment to Care

“Just about everybody in life has spine trouble at some point. Most people don’t need surgery. My goal is for my patients to be as happy as possible, as pain-free as possible and to feel better than they did before they came to us.” 

Nathaniel Whitney, M.D.
Neurosurgeon, Spokane, Washington

About Spine Surgery

Your spine, the long, flexible part of your back, helps you stay upright and move around. Spine surgery is one kind of neurosurgery. It helps fix conditions of the bones and discs that make up the spine. Surgery can ease pain and improve movement.

Advancements in technology have made spine surgery safer and more precise than ever. You also have more surgical options. Depending on your condition, you may need open surgery, or your doctor may suggest minimally invasive surgery. Providence neurosurgeons are trained in the most minimally invasive and advanced techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery and computer-assisted surgical navigation. These leading-edge procedures can reduce the stress of surgery on your body, cause fewer complications and help you recover faster.


Our surgeons have seen again and again how spine surgery can dramatically change lives. After surgery, you may feel much less pain for the first time in years. This can be joyous and even shocking for many. Some patients even stop having chronic pain altogether. With less or no pain, patients can often return to their favorite activities and enjoy more time with family and friends.

Conditions Treated with Spine Surgery

Your team may recommend surgery for these conditions:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal infection

Types of Spine Surgery We Offer

Depending on your spinal condition, your neurosurgeon may recommend one of these procedures:

  • Artificial disc surgery
  • Decompression (laminectomy)
  • Discectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal reconstruction
  • Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty

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