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United Regional Neurosurgery is transforming the spine care experience, empowering people to return to their daily activities, with less pain and greater mobility. With an unwavering commitment to our community, we’re enhancing access to spine services and easing how one progresses through the care journey. Our expert team of professionals and leading-edge technology is what propels United Regional to provide excellence in spine care – right here at home.

We are intentionally improving accessibility to spine services, making care available when and where you need it. With the goal of creating a seamless journey for patients, our distinctive approach meets the growing consumer need for personalization.

A specialized care navigator will assist patients in the management of their health throughout the continuum of care. This may include open and preemptive communication, coordinating follow up appointments, and health education. Further, innovative digital technologies enhance the overall patient-centered experience. 

United Regional Neurosurgery is dedicated to providing specialized care for a broad range of neurological conditions impacting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

In the realm of spine care, our team collaborates to design a personalized treatment plan tailored to the unique needs of each patient, which often goes beyond mere surgical interventions. When surgery is necessary, the caring neurosurgeons at United Regional guide patients through the decision-making process, offering detailed explanations of surgical options, preparing patients for what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

United Regional offers an added advantage — the convenience of staying in our own community for all aspects of care, including physical therapy, imaging, and follow-up appointments, simplifying the healthcare journey for our patients and their caregivers.

We are thrilled to introduce a revolutionary advancement in spine surgery at United Regional Neurosurgery – the StealthStation™ surgical navigation and the O-Arm™ surgical imaging system. This cutting-edge technology is set to redefine the landscape of spinal procedures, offering unparalleled precision and safety for our patients.

The StealthStation™ enhances our surgeons’ ability to navigate through intricate spinal structures with unmatched accuracy, providing real-time, three-dimensional visualization during surgery. This also allows for more precise placement of implants and instrumentation over traditional approaches.

The integration of the O-Arm™ further elevates the standard of care by providing high-quality, intraoperative imaging. This state-of-the-art imaging technology delivers detailed, real-time images of the patient’s anatomy, allowing our surgeons to make informed decisions instantly and confirm the accuracy of the procedure.

With the introduction of the StealthStation™ and the O-Arm™, United Regional Neurosurgery is at the forefront of technological innovation in spine surgery. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest standard of care, and this advanced technology is a testament to our commitment to excellence.

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Spine Surgery Medical Equipment

At United Regional Health Care System, we’re providing services of the highest quality, without compromise. We strive for and achieve national levels of excellence, ensuring that our community receives the best possible care — right here in Wichita Falls.

We’re making spine services easier, and profoundly personal. Our dedication to accessibility and personalization is not just a statement but a practice we uphold in every aspect. Combined with our comprehensive services, highly skilled team, and advanced technology, spine patients are sure to receive a holistic and personalized experience. At United Regional, healthcare isn’t just about treatment; it’s about transformation.

Back pain has a wide range of causes – from injuries, pinched nerves, and herniated discs to spinal fractures and conditions such as arthritis and spondylolisthesis. Regardless of the cause, back pain can negatively impact your quality of life.

Back pain can be divided into two categories: acute and chronic.

Acute back pain rarely lasts more than three weeks and usually resolves on its own. This type of pain often results from an awkward movement, improper heavy lifting, or even a minor sports injury.

Chronic back pain typically lasts more than three months and often requires medical intervention. It is typical that chronic back pain may not be traced to a single cause or event.

Symptoms of back pain may include:

  • Burning sensation
  • Dull, aching pain
  • Pain extending into the buttocks or even the upper legs
  • Sharp, stabbing pain
Diagnosis of Back Pain

To determine the cause of your back pain, our team uses a variety of different approaches, including:

  • Bone scan, which uses nuclear imaging to detect bone disease
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan, which uses X-ray technology to produce detailed images of your body
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of our body
  • Myelography, which reveals issues in the body through a combination of X-ray or CT scans and a contrast dye
  • Nerve conduction studies and electromyography to measure electrical activity generated by muscles and nerves
  • X-ray, or radiography, which produces images of the body by focusing a small amount of radiation on affected areas
Treatment for Back Pain

After diagnosis, patients will see the appropriate specialists for their specific symptoms, following a care plan tailored to their needs.

Therapies may include:

  • Anti-inflammation drugs, often effective for conditions such as arthritis or sciatica
  • Biofeedback, a technique that uses electrical sensors to learn about what’s happening in the body
  • Cortisone injections, steroid shots that target pain generators to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Electrical stimulation, which loosens muscles in the abdominal area or spine
  • Myofascial release, a deep soft tissue massage to loosen muscles that may be compressing nerves in the spine
  • Procedures such as nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablations to help decrease pain generated from the spine
  • Physical therapy (PT), in which the patient is taught stretching, strengthening, and conditioning techniques aimed at the spine- and back-supporting parts of the body
  • Surgery may be recommended when other methods have not been sufficient or in the case of a medical emergency. Minimally invasive surgery is often effective for conditions such as herniated discs or mild spinal fractures. Traditional open surgery may be recommended for more advanced problems (such as severe disc degeneration, severe scoliosis, or spinal trauma) or if a patient has had previous surgeries. When surgery is necessary, the caring neurosurgeons at United Regional guide patients through the decision-making process, offering detailed explanations of surgical options, preparing patients for what to expect before, during, and after the procedure

Click here to schedule an appointment with a United Regional Spine Surgeon

Sven Hochheimer, MD

Neurological Surgery Specialists of North Texas
3808 Kemp Blvd., Suite A
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Dr. Richard Kern is a Neurosurgeon at the Neurological Surgery Specialties of North Texas

Richard L. Kern, Jr., MD

Neurological Surgery Specialists of North Texas
3808 Kemp Blvd., Suite A
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Scott Phillips, MD

Excelsis Neurosurgery
1912 Loop 11
Wichita Falls, TX 76306

Sanjoy Sundaresan, MD

Sanjoy Sundaresan, MD

Texoma Spine Center
1511 10th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301