Certified Spine Surgery Center in Derry

Certification from the Joint Commission

Back pain and spine conditions can make normal daily actions a painful challenge. Parkland Medical Center's spine specialists can help minimize or eliminate discomfort and get you back to living comfortably. Parkland Medical Center is the first hospital in New Hampshire to earn Certification in Spine Surgery from the Joint Commission.

For more information about surgical or nonsurgical back and spine care, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (877) 642-2362.

Back and neck conditions we treat

We diagnose and treat an array of conditions, including:

  • Bone spurs (bone overgrowths)
  • Degenerative disc disease (the breakdown of the discs)
  • Herniated discs (ruptured or bulged discs)
  • Osteoarthritis (cartilage in the joints wears down)
  • Sciatica (nerve irritation)
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis (spinal curvature)
  • Spinal stenosis and myelopathy (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spinal tumors and cancer (growths in or around the spinal column or cord)
  • Spine fractures (caused by trauma, injury or arthritis)
  • Spine infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Spondylolisthesis (one vertebra slips over another)
  • Sports injuries (caused by repetitive movements or trauma)

Nonsurgical and minimally invasive back and neck treatments

Diagnosis starts with an assessment of your overall health and lifestyle. Then, we’ll recommend the safest, simplest, most appropriate treatment options for your unique situation.

Before suggesting spine surgery, we may recommend nonsurgical or minimally invasive spine treatments available through our orthopedic care program, such as:

Advanced spine surgery

Thanks to advances in technology and minimally invasive techniques, our spine surgeons can stabilize joints, decompress pinched nerves, fuse bones and correct deformities using only simple, small incisions. We perform a variety of minimally invasive spine surgeries, including:

  • Discectomy/microdiscectomy: Your orthopedic surgeon will remove all or part of the disc (the cushion between the vertebrae).
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy: Your spine surgeon will remove part of the backbone, which covers the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves.
  • Foraminotomy: In this procedure, your surgeon will remove bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal.
  • Disc replacement surgery: Your surgeon will replace a damaged disc with an artificial one.
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty: This procedure treats spinal fractures, eases pain and restores height. A kyphoplasty uses a balloon to create a space, which is filled with medical cement. During a vertebroplasty, medical cement is injected into the spongy vertebral bone.
  • Spinal fusion: This procedure increases spine stability by joining two vertebrae using bone grafts and sometimes implants, such as rods and screws. Our spine surgeons perform extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), which is a minimally invasive technique to access the spine through the side. We also perform axial lumbar interbody fusion (AxiaLIF), which is a minimally invasive spine surgery for the lower back.