Spine Surgery

Back and neck pain can range from minor annoyance to so debilitating everything else in life becomes a secondary concern.

In severe cases it can even lead to permanent disability or loss of movement or feeling below the injured area.

Nebraska Medicine’s Comprehensive Spine Program offers the latest advances in a variety of treatment options including pain management, rehabilitation and innovative, state-of-the-art surgery to correct or alleviate many of these problems and allow individuals to live a productive and active lifestyles.

Our Surgeons Treat a Wide Variety of Spine Issues

Comprehensive care for acute and chronic conditions

The physicians at the Comprehensive Spine Program provide comprehensive care for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions of the spine including congenital spine problems, degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Some of the conditions treated include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Disc herniations
  • Neck and back pain
  • Neck fractures
  • Neck surgery
  • Kyphosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis fractures
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal injections
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma

One of the primary benefits of the Comprehensive Spine Program to the patient is that all care is coordinated in one central location from diagnostics to pain management, surgery and outpatient rehabilitation. The patient works directly with a nurse case manager who collects all of the necessary patient information and tests before an appointment is scheduled with the provider or surgeon.

We Start with the Most Conservative Approaches

The Comprehensive Spine Program's primary goal is to make patients well without surgery. Conservative measures will be tried first including anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or referral to a rehabilitation or pain management specialist. Pain management may include therapies such as epidural steroid injections, trigger point injections, facet injections or nerve blocks. If these therapies do not provide adequate relief and the pain prevents you from living the quality of life you’d like, surgery may be the next step to consider.

Complex Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Our spine surgeons specialize in performing minimally invasive and image-guided complex spine procedures. Minimally invasive techniques use small incisions, provide quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays and are generally safer.  Whenever possible, our surgeons will use minimally invasive techniques, even for the most complex surgeries. This includes surgeries for scoliosis correction, motion-sparring procedures like disc replacements, cervical and lumbar problems, lateral lumbar infusions and for benign and malignant spine tumors.

Our surgeons perform several surgeries that are unique in Omaha, including

Neck Deformity Surgery

Done nowhere else in the area, our spine specialists perform surgeries to correct neck deformities. This procedure involves reconstructing the entire neck from front and back. Bone cuts are made to correct deformities and discs are removed and replaced with implants.

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)  

This minimally invasive procedure is performed on patients with disabling back pain and leg. The procedure involves fusing the front and back columns of the spine by entering from two small incisions in the back. The spine is stabilized by replacing discs with screws, rods and bone grafts.


This is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove herniated disc material from the back that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord.


This minimally invasive surgery enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. It creates space by removing the lamina — the back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal.

Revision Surgeries

Surgery for spine conditions can be extremely effective. However, it takes a skilled spine surgeon to determine the right surgery, in the right area, at the right time. The specialists at Nebraska Medicine’s Comprehensive Spine Program perform many revision surgeries on patients who initially received care elsewhere and are referred to the Comprehensive Spine Program because their problem was not corrected with previous treatment or their problem was only partially addressed.

To prevent repeat surgeries, the Comprehensive Spine Program staff spends time with patients to educate them about their condition, possible treatment options and how these treatments will address their major complaints.

Accreditations and Awards

Nebraska Medicine Designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM and Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has designated Nebraska Medicine as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement are part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's expansion of its Blue Distinction® designation.

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants. The program is part of The Blues® efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care.

"We want to recognize and reward those network providers who are setting new standards of excellence in the quality of health care," said Bill Minier, MD, chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. "We are pleased at the level of outstanding specialty care available to our members right here in our state."

Learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Blue Distinction® program.