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Minimally Invasive Spine

At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, we use the most advanced techniques available for spinal surgery. Our minimally invasive spine procedures lead to less pain, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker recovery.

Our minimally invasive spine center performs more than 300 elective surgeries each year. Of those patients, 93% go directly home after one night in the hospital, rather than being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital or nursing facility for recuperation.

Unlike traditional surgeries that may require blood transfusions, less than 1% of our minimally invasive spine surgery patients need transfusions.  

Fort Sanders Regional is recognized as a BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center for our comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, low readmission rates, and fewer repeat operations1.

When to See a Doctor

Back or neck pain alone typically isn’t a neurosurgical problem, but it may be a symptom of a serious spine condition if you’re experiencing pain that leads to:

  • Numbness, weakness in one or both legs, feet or toes
  • Numbness, weakness in one or both shoulders, arms or hands
  • Foot drop
  • Pain radiating down one or both of your arms or legs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Spinal Injuries and Diseases

We treat a wide range of spinal conditions. 

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Herniated or ruptured disks
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Spine tumors
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis

Click here to learn more about common spine conditions.

Joel Norman, MD

Joel Norman, MD is specially trained in the treatment of surgical disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. His expertise includes intracranial microsurgery, endoscopic pituitary surgery and advanced minimally invasive techniques for spinal surgery.

Spine Procedures

1Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.