spine fusion

Back/spine fusion is a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis and other age-related or degenerative spinal problems. The surgery is designed to stop joint motion between two vertebrae in the spine. The procedure fuses together these two vertebrae to reduce pain in the back and neck. The actual technique places bone grafts around the spine, which heal together over several months fusing the vertebrae together. A spinal fusion may be recommended in the following circumstances:

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Erica F. Bisson, M.D.

Erica F. Bisson, M.D., is a neurosurgeon who specializes in treatment of spinal disorders. Dr. Bisson obtained her medical degree from Tufts University. She also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Utah in 2008, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at... Read More

Specialties:

Neurosurgery, Neuro Spine Surgery, Pain Surgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Parkway Health Center (801) 585-6065
South Jordan Health Center (801) 585-6065

Darrel S. Brodke, M.D.

Darrel S. Brodke, MD is a board certified spine specialist with expertise in the care of neck and back problems, including disc herniations, spinal stenosis, degenerative conditions, deformities and trauma of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Brodke received his MD at the University of California, Sa... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Degenerative Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Trauma

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-5451

Andrew T. Dailey, M.D.

Andrew T. Dailey, MD treats patients suffering from spinal cord injury, spine trauma, and cervical degenerative disease. Dr. Dailey originally came to the University of Utah in 1998, but left after five years to practice at the University of Washington in Seattle. He returned to the University of Utah in 2006 to... Read More

Specialties:

Neurosurgery, Neuro Spine Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Robert S. Hood, M.D.

Robert S. Hood, MD is the second-ever resident of the Department of Neurosurgery and has since returned as faculty in September 2010. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Hood built a reputable career in private practice and was well-known for his skill in minimally invasive spine surgery and overall patient car... Read More

Specialties:

Neurosurgery, Neuro Spine Surgery

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Brandon Lawrence, M.D.

Dr. Lawrence is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. Dr. Lawrence focuses his practice in degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine including disc degeneration and herniation, spinal stenosis, spinal deformity, spinal ... Read More

Specialties:

Degenerative Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Arthroplasty, Spine Surgery, Spine Trauma

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-5451

Joel D. MacDonald, M.D.

Joel D. MacDonald, MD has a broad clinical practice and research interest. His focus is on vascular disorders of the brain, along with skull base tumors and complex spine pathologies. Dr. MacDonald is also Past Vice President and Treasurer of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Past President and treas... Read More

Specialties:

Neurosurgery, Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B..A. is a neurosurgeon with specialized expertise in neuro-oncology and spine surgery. His main clinical focus is on management of patients with tumors and injuries to the spine and spinal cord. In addition, because of his expertise in minimally invasive and endoscopic surgic... Read More

Specialties:

Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Degenerative Spine Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Hyperhidrosis, Metastatic Disease, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neuro Spine Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Radiosurgery, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Arthroplasty, Spine Trauma, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Huntsman Cancer Hospital (801) 585-0262

William Spiker, M.D.

Dr. Spiker treats conditions of the neck and back such as disk herniations, spinal stenosis, cervical myelopathy and deformities of the spine. He believes in the thoughtful use of new technologies, including minimally invasive surgery and image-guided techniques. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of O... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Degenerative Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Spinal Deformity Surgery, Spine Trauma

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7100

Joseph G. Cunniff, D.O.

Joseph G. Cunniff, D.C, D.O., received his B.S. from the University of the State of New York in 1984 and his D.C. from Western States Chiropractic College in 1987. After 10 years of private practice he returned to academics and received his D.O. from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Following... Read More

Specialties:

Foot and Ankle, Non-operative Musculoskeletal Disorders, Osteopathic Care, Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine, Spine Evaluation

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Edgar C. Goldston, Jr., M.D.

Edgar C. Goldston, Jr., MD is actively involved with the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Spine Program at the University of Utah, which incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to spine care. His clinical interests are in interventional spinal medicine and spinal diagnostics, as well as the... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pain Surgery, Spine Evaluation, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Richard W. Kendall, D.O.

Dr. Richard W. Kendall holds board certifications from The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty certification in pain management. Dr. Kendall's focus is on rehabilitation treatments and diagnosis of back and neck pain using interventional spine procedures, electrodiagnosit... Read More

Specialties:

Back, EMG, Electrodiagnosis, Neck, Non-operative Musculoskeletal Disorders, Osteopathic Care, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine, Spine Evaluation, Sports Medicine

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Sara McEvoy, M.P.A.S.

Receiving her MPAS in 2007, Sara is excited to return to the University of Utah to join the comprehensive spine care team at the Clinical Neurosciences Center. Prior to her arrival in 2012, Sara spent the previous five years working in internal medicine at the 4th Street Homeless Clinic. With her strong interest... Read More

Specialties:

Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Physician Assistant, Spine Evaluation

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Jason T. Montgomery, PA-C

Nationally Certified Physician Assistant who joined the Department of Orthopaedics in July 2010. He completed his training at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, Virginia, and then completed in internship with Central Utah Clinic Cardiology. His undergraduate work was done in the field of behavioral h... Read More

Specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery, Physician Assistant, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Locations:

University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

David J. Petron, M.D.

Dr. David Petron, Assistant Professor (clinical) is a primary care orthopaedic/sports medicine specialist. He originally trained in family practice and then completed a fellowship in primary care orthopaedics and sports medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Petron is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medi... Read More

Specialties:

Family Medicine, Spine Evaluation, Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle, Shoulder

Locations:

UUHC - Park City Ski Clinic (435) 655-7970
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Pamela A. Hansen, M.D.

Dr. Pamela A. Hansen is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, specializing in musculoskeletal sports and spine rehabilitation. Dr. Hansen's clinical interests include rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems, interventional spine procedures, and electrodiagnostic testing.... Read More

Specialties:

Acupuncture, Back, Cancer Rehabilitation, EMG, Electrodiagnosis, Foot and Ankle, Neck, Non-operative Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine, Spine Evaluation, Sports Medicine

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Institute (801) 587-4585
University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Amy L. Whipple, APRN

Amy has been with the University Neurosurgery Spine Team since early 2012. Prior to joining the University System she had been working as a Nurse Practitioner in a local urgent care clinic providing both acute care and primary medicine. When she first graduated from NP school she worked with the local homeless ... Read More

Specialties:

Family Nurse Practitioner, Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Spine Evaluation

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Parkway Health Center (801) 585-6065

University of Utah Campus

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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(801) 585-7575
University Orthopaedic Center 590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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(801) 587-7109

Community Health Centers

South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
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(801) 213-4500
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