The Chicago Spine Center at Weiss Memorial Hospital features an innovative, multidisciplinary team. The academic specialists here focus on spine surgery, pain management, rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy and occupational therapy. We also offer comprehensive nursing care and case managers, who guide patients through diagnosis and treatment. This integrated team approach with dedicated outpatient and inpatient programs leads to seamless coordination of care.
Purnendu Gupta, M.D.,
is medical director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss. He specializes in the care of patients with
spine problems and is well-regarded in Chicago as an expert in the
treatment of spinal deformities, spinal degenerative disorders, tumors,
traumatic injuries and scoliosis. Learn more about Dr. Gupta's extensive experience. Read our Spine Stories: Laura Kenost: Reconstructive spinal surgery for scoliosis. Jennifer Molina: Corrective spine surgery after an accident. Janeen McCurry and Jose Pabey: Spine surgery to relieve sciatica pain. Stacy Spencer: Spine surgery to address herniated disc.
Nonsurgical and Surgical Options for Spine and Back Problems
Up to 85 percent of people have experienced back pain during some point in their lives. Long before surgery is considered, our physicians will take a complete history, perform a comprehensive exam, and use diagnostic tests to determine the cause and extent of your spinal problem. We will explore conservative, nonsurgical ways of treatment, including physical therapy and pain management.
Many times, back pain is a result of muscle strain and can heal itself within weeks or months through the use of pain medications, heat/ice therapy and exercise. Chronic back pain, however, may be the result of an underlying condition that may require surgery. If your pain does not subside after nonsurgical options have been exhausted, you may need to seek the advice of an orthopedic spine surgeon. When surgery is necessary, our highly experienced orthopedic surgeons employ the latest techniques to stabilize painful joints, decompress pinched nerves, fuse bones and correct deformities. When appropriate, minimally invasive surgery is used to perform smaller-scale spinal procedures to enable an easier and faster recovery period.
Choosing to have a spine procedure to relieve pain and improve your life is not an easy decision. You may have many questions, such as:
- What is involved in the surgery?
- What are the typical outcomes?
- How long will it take to recover?
- Do I need physical rehabilitation after surgery?
- How much pain relief can I expect?
- When can I get back to work and my normal activities?
If you do decide to have surgery, our team will make sure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure and the risks, benefits and recovery time.
Why Choose the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss?
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians care for a wide range of back and spine conditions, from cervical spine disorders and degenerative disc diseases to scoliosis, spine trauma and tumors.
Our integrated approach to spine management and concern for each patient’s comfort and quality of life is what sets the Chicago Spine Center apart as a smart choice for treatment of back and spine problems. The Chicago Spine Center offers a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment center all housed at the hospital, which enables patients to get all of their testing, doctor visits and treatments completed efficiently and effectively—many times on the very same day. And with pain management and physical therapy offices just a few steps away in the hospital, treatment options are never far.
This multidisciplinary approach to spine care—from diagnosis through treatment—ensures patients the best possible care as our spine surgeons, pain management specialists and therapists work collaboratively to relieve pain and restore function.
Common spine conditions treated at the Chicago Spine Center include:
The surgeons at the Chicago Spine Center are experienced in leading-edge spinal techniques and treatments such as:
- Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
- Lumbar Laminectomy
- Cervical Laminoplasty
- Cervical and Lumbar Fusion
- Scoliosis Surgery
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