About Spine Surgery

Millions of people suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes this pain can be attributed to trauma, a spinal tumor, or an infection. More often, the pain is chronic, progressive, and unrelenting. This pain often responds to multiple levels of intervention.

The team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and staff at Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive, integrated care for patients with back pain and all types of spine-related conditions and injuries. Patients receive a complete continuum of care, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. When surgery is part of the plan, the spine surgeons from Weill Cornell Medicine's neurosurgery faculty offer world-class surgical expertise in TLIF and other advanced, minimally invasive procedures

Our neurosurgeons see patients at our comprehensive facility on East 59th Street in New York that offers multidisciplinary services for a wide range of back and neck disorders, all under one roof.

The Spine Center prides itself on a three-part plan for each patient:

Expert, Accurate Diagnosis. Too many people suffer from back or neck pain from unknown causes — or worse, due to a misdiagnosis. Our world-class experts will pinpoint the exact cause of your pain to determine the most effective treatment.

Comprehensive Treatment: Our team approach allows us to draw on expertise from neurology, neurosurgery, rehabilitation medicine, anesthesiology, and physical therapy. After assessing your case, the spine team will tailor a treatment plan that may include physical therapy, medication, interventional pain management, acupuncture, and movement therapies. When surgery  is part of the plan, we offer the most advanced minimally invasive techniques, including lateral access surgery that dramatically shortens your recovery time. We offer on-site rehabilitation, led by physical therapists whose holistic spine rehabilitation includes therapeutic exercise, manual techniques, yoga, McKenzie technique, and pool therapy.

Patient/Doctor Partnership:  Patient education is one of the hallmarks of our approach. We consider you our partner in collaboratively planning the most effective and customized approach to restoring you to health.

When not directly serving patients, physicians and staff conduct cutting-edge research through laboratory and clinical research, then impart that knowledge to both patients and other physicians through a series of multidisciplinary education programs provided by the spine center in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College.

Interventional neuroradiologist performs a kyphoplasty procedure

The advanced facilities of Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care make it possible for us to offer minimally invasive spine procedures such as kyphoplasty in our dedicated INR suite

If You Do Need Surgery

  • Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care has five full-time, fellowship-trained spine surgeons on faculty
  • We perform more than 1,500 spinal operations per year, most of them using minimally invasive techniques, encompassing all pathologies, age groups, and complexities (more about neurosurgery)
  • We serve local, regional, national, and international patients
  • We take an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive spine care
  • We focus on minimally invasive surgery, computer navigation, complex and deformity spinal surgery
  • Compared to national averages, spine surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine compares  favorably in terms of the judicious and sparing use of spinal fusion surgery, length of stay, blood loss, length of surgery, early  complications, and patient satisfaction
  • We are at the forefront of basic science research, clinical research, and research trials; our research, combined with our surgical excellence, positions us as a leader in national and international spinal surgery.

For more information about spine surgery, please call 877-728-0439

Or use our online form to Request an Appointment With a Neurosurgeon
For appointments with other specialists,
visit the Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian at the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care site

Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787