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90% of patients with back and neck problems will improve significantly without surgery. However, when non-surgical methods prove unhelpful, surgery may be your best alternative. UR Medicine brain and spine surgeons from the departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery have expert teams of surgeons who perform a full range of surgical procedures.

UR Medicine's Approach

At UR Medicine, our focus is on wellness, excellent outcomes, and quality of life. If you need brain or spine surgery, you will have access to clinically effective treatments that use the newest technologies and expert surgeons.

UR Medicine brain and spine surgeons provide the very latest surgical treatments. Many of these treatments are not available at any other hospital in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

  • Craniectomy — removing a portion of the skull to relieve pressure on the brain.
  • Craniotomy — making an opening in the skull to gain access to the brain.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation — uses electrical stimulation to treat neurological conditions.
  • Discectomy — removing a herniated or degenerative disc in the spine.
  • Dorsal Column Stimulation (DCS) — electricity is delivered to the spinal cord through an implanted electrode to help with pain.
  • Foraminotomy — enlarging area around compressed nerves in the spine.
  • Kyphoplasty — a balloon is inserted into a fracture in the spine and inflated, the space it creates within the bone is filled with "cement" that then acts as a permanent "cast."
  • Laminotomy and laminectomy — removes part of the spinal bone that covers the spinal canal, the lamina.
  • Skull Base Surgery — special instruments are inserted through the skull's natural openings (e.g., nose, mouth and above the eyes) to operate rather than accessing the brain through a craniotomy.
  • Spinal Decompression — relieves pressure on important structures in the spine.
  • Spinal Fusion — performed when fusion of the spine is required for recovery.
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery — a specialized radiation procedure in which the radiation is delivered in one dose.
  • Ventriculo-Peritoneal Shunt (VPS) — drains excess fluid from the cavities in the brain, called ventricles. Bottom of Form

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine is a world-class medical center and leading academic institution. Our providers offer outstanding patient-centered care and conduct breakthrough research in neurology. UR Medicine provides the widest range of neurosurgery and neuromedicine care in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

UR Medicine Neurology is a recognized leader for developing superior clinicians and scientists and has developed a national reputation for excellence in residency training in adult and child neurology and numerous subspecialties. The department is rich with dedicated faculty, an outstanding blend of academic and clinical training, exposure to nationally recognized specialists and a supportive environment provide residents with the opportunity to truly excel in their fields.


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