Spine

The Spine division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery aims to develop a comprehensive and renowned spine program that serves the Twin Cities and greater regional community.

Working together, our team of experts has established an international reputation for clinical treatment of patients, research productivity, outcomes studies, and training of fellows, residents and medical students.

Typical Spine Cases

Scoliosis

Scoliosis

An adolescent patient with a progressive curve was unresponsive to brace treatment. The patient was treated by the latest technique using thoracic pedicle screws, obtaining excellent correction of the deformity, all from a single posterior approach.

Pictured: Before (left) and after (right) treatment

Tumor Case

Before Tumor

A senior adult with destruction of vertebral body by a tumor was treated with a titanium prosthesis, creating an immediately stable spine and enabling resumption of activities.

Pictured: Before treatment, A-P and lateral views

After Tumor

Pictured: After treatment, A-P and lateral views

Old Fracture Causing Pain

Fracture Before

An adult patient with a history of a fracture and resulting malalignment, causing pain, was treated by removal of fractured vertebra and realignment of spine to normal position.

Pictured: Before treatment, A-P and lateral views

Fracture After

Pictured: After treatment, A-P and lateral views