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Diagnosis and treatment for chronic and acute spinal disorders

Spine health is critical to your overall health. If you have back or neck pain, or any kind of spinal disorder, our multidisciplinary team of specialists can provide the care you need to help restore your spine health so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.

The Vassar Brothers Medical Center spine team includes:

  • Orthopedic surgeons*
  • Neurosurgeons*
  • Pain management specialists*
  • Pain medicine physicians*
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists
  • Radiologists*

These specialists on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center work together to design a personalized treatment approach for your condition. For complex cases, orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons often collaborate to perform surgeries so patients can benefit from the knowledge and experience of both specialists.

Why choose Vassar Brothers Medical Center?

Choosing to receive spine care at Vassar offers many benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive care close to home, friends and family
  • Prompt access for consultation, diagnosis and treatment
  • Excellent care from an experienced team of spine specialists and support staff working together
  • Access to advanced treatment approaches, both surgical and nonsurgical
  • Surgery, if required, performed with state-of-the-art technology
  • A team focused on compassionate, quality care

Full range of conditions treated

Spine surgeons at Vassar Brothers Medical Center offer treatment for spine and neck conditions, including:

  • Spine trauma (Level II)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cervical and lumbar spine conditions
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated discs and spinal stenosis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Bulging discs
  • Brain and spine hemangiomas
  • Kyphosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolysis

State-of-the-art diagnostics and imaging

Excellent spine treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. The spine team at Vassar Brothers Medical Center uses the most advanced approaches to assess your condition:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Myelogram
  • Nerve conduction study and electromyography

Advanced treatment approaches

Once you have a proper diagnosis, the spine team will work together to develop your personalized treatment plan. It may include nonsurgical treatment, minimally invasive surgery or complex surgery.

Nonsurgical treatments may include epidural steroid injection, medial branch block injection, facet rhizotomy, or physical and occupational therapy.

If your team decides that you would benefit from surgery, you will be cared for in a state-of-the-art facility by highly experienced specialists. When indicated, the team may employ an intraoperative CT scan and O-arm navigation system, which is an advanced imaging system designed to help guide your surgeon during the procedure.

Minimally invasive techniques are used whenever possible, resulting in smaller or fewer incisions (often less than one inch), faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay. Some patients even go home the same day. Minimally invasive options may include tubular decompression, minimally invasive fusions (TLIF/XLIF), percutaneous implant placement and kyphoplasty.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center is a destination center for spine care, and our spine team has extensive experience treating complex spine issues. Our specialists regularly perform complex spine surgeries, including complex deformity surgery, revision spine surgery, tumor reconstruction and tumor surgery.

Spine surgery treatments include:

  • Spinal fusion
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Laminectomy surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Artificial disc replacement

Continuity of care

The spine team at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is committed to an integrated care approach, which means that you and your primary care or referring physician will be part of the care team. The entire team works closely together through each stage of evaluation, treatment and recovery.

Meet your care team

Nicholas Renaldo,MD*
Medical Director


William Barrick MD*
Spine Care


Craig Shannon, MD*
Spine Care

Peter Zahos, MD*
Spine Care

*In the spirit of keeping you well informed, the physicians identified are neither agents nor employees of Health Quest or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they wish to treat and care for private patients.