Spine Surgery

Town Center Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Reston, VA & Centreville, VA

Neck and back pain are common and can be debilitating for some people. When conservative measures fail to improve neck or back pain, spine surgery may be needed. Dhruv B. Pateder, MD, is the spine surgery expert at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates in Reston and Centreville, Virginia. To schedule a spine surgery consultation to discuss your options, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.


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Who needs spine surgery?

When it comes to managing neck or back pain, non-surgical treatments are preferred. However, when medical treatments fail to alleviate your neck or back pain or your pain is so severe it’s affecting your daily life, Town Center Orthopaedic Associates may recommend spine surgery.

Though spine surgery is an option for many suffering from neck or back pain, a recommendation for surgical intervention only occurs when an orthopaedic specialist can identify the exact source of your pain. 

Spine surgery also works best when treating pain conditions caused by nerve compressions, such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal instability
  • Vertebral fractures

If you suffer from chronic neck or back pain and medical treatments fail to improve your discomfort, contact Town Center Orthopaedic Associates to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Pateder.

What are the types of spine surgery?

When spine surgery is needed, Dr. Pateder uses state-of-the-art techniques and minimally invasive approaches to obtain the best clinical results. Types of spine surgery he performs include:

Lumbar decompression

During a lumbar decompression, Dr. Pateder removes a small portion of the bone that’s compressing your nerve root to alleviate pain. Dr. Pateder may perform a microdiscectomy or a lumbar laminectomy, depending on the root cause of your pain.   

Cervical decompression

Cervical decompression is similar to lumbar decompression. However, the procedure removes bone from the cervical spine, or neck, to alleviate pain. 

Cervical fusion

During a cervical fusion, Dr. Pateder fuses two or more vertebral bones in your neck to limit mobility and the resulting pain. 

Lumbar, thoracic, or thoracolumbar fusion

During a lumbar, thoracic, or thoracolumbar fusion, Dr. Pateder fuses two or more vertebral bones to create a single structure that limits individual vertebral mobility to prevent pain. 

Artificial disc replacement

For severely damaged intervertebral discs, Dr. Pateder replaces it with an artificial disc, which functions like your natural disc.

What can I expect during a spine surgery consultation?

Dr. Pateder is an experienced spine surgeon and you can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in for a consultation. To determine if spine surgery makes the best choice for you, he asks detailed questions about your symptoms and treatment history.

To confirm the cause of your neck or back pain, he conducts diagnostic imaging. Town Center Orthopaedic Associates is a full-service orthopaedic practice and offers in-house X-rays to help you get the answers you need quickly.

Dr. Pateder then reviews his assessment with you and discusses your treatment options, which may include spine surgery based on your diagnosis. If surgery is recommended, he reviews what you can expect during and after the procedure so you can prepare.

To learn more about spine surgery and how it may help you get relief from your neck or back pain, call Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, or request an appointment online today.