For patients from the Treasure Valley coping with debilitating back pain or spinal injuries, the experienced spine specialists at West Valley Medical Center are here to help. The spine surgeons within our orthopedics center perform more than 400 surgeries annually and have extensive experience with fractures, herniation, arthritis and stenosis, among other spine disorders.

For more information about our spine care services, please call (208) 459-4641.

Our highly specialized spine team consists of experienced physicians, including spine specialists and orthopedic doctors, specialized support staff and a continuum of care fostered by our designated spine coordinator. This team is by the patient’s side through spine surgery education and preparation and into post-procedure care.

Regardless of your condition, our orthopedic spine team is dedicated to restoring your quality of life and getting you back to the activities you love the most.

Spinal disorders and procedures

Common spinal disorders

  • Cervical disc herniation
  • Cervical spondylotic myelopathy
  • Compression fractures
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Neck pain
  • Thoracolumbar

Spinal procedures

  • Anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF)
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • Direct lateral interbody fusion (DLIF)
  • Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)
  • Posterior spinal fusion (PSF)
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
  • Hemilaminectomy
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally invasive transforaminal interbody fusion

State-of-the-art spine care facility

We are proud to offer the latest surgical technology in our operating suites, including a robotic-assisted system specifically for spine procedures. This technology optimizes spine surgery with exceptional precision and accuracy.

Our dedicated, 11-bed ortho-spine unit features Tempur-Pedic mattresses, an expert orthopedics staff and individualized rehabilitation programs.

Robot-assisted spine surgery

Spinal surgery techniques have evolved extensively over the last decade, minimizing the risks of such a delicate procedure. The spine surgeons at West Valley Medical Center are leading the way by advancing surgical techniques from freehand methods to innovative, minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgeries.

Surgical treatment of the spine requires planning and precision, and each patient's anatomy has unique challenges. Surgery with a robotic system allows our surgeons to create a customized 3D blueprint of the surgery before entering the operating room. Our experienced spine surgeons then make small incisions and place implants in the exact preplanned location, using the robotic-assisted technology to guide their tools according to the surgical blueprint.

Independent scientific research has shown that robotic-assisted surgery:

  • Increases surgical accuracy
  • Lowers complication rates
  • Reduces postoperative pain
  • Aids in faster recovery with a quicker return to daily activities when compared to open, freehand surgeries

The Spine Academy

West Valley is proud to offer a one-of-a-kind education experience to our patients preparing for spine surgery. Our Spine Academy was created to provide information as a way to help patients, and their families, prepare for surgery. Statistics show that people who felt prepared for their procedure had a faster recovery period.

The Spine AcademyThe Spine Academy covers the following topics:

  • Spine anatomy
  • Preoperative exercises
  • Nutrition
  • Pain management
  • Postoperative nursing care
  • Equipment needs
  • Occupational/physical therapy
  • Precautions and limitations after surgery
  • Home safety
  • Discharge needs

The Spine Academy is Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Health and Wellness located at 1906 Fairview Avenue, fourth floor. This class is free of charge and is supported by the spine surgeons and neurosurgeons at West Valley Medical Center.

Registration is required for this class. Our staff will contact you once your surgery date has been set.