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How we'll handle your spine care

If you’re in need of surgery to treat a new or ongoing condition, such as severe neck pain or back pain or herniated discs, the Comprehensive Spine Center at Geisinger is ready to help you get your life back. You’ll work with a skilled, attentive care team who will help determine the best solutions to your spine care needs.

Because of our level of specialized care, patients specifically travel to Geisinger to see our spine pain specialists. In fact, our Destination Medicine Spine Program has been offering spine surgery to qualifying patients since 2015. These surgeries are performed by both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. We also offer evaluation-only spine services. 

Our spine surgery program provides you with top-quality care from some of the best surgeons in the field. If you work for a participating employer, they cover all medical services, your travel and lodging for qualifying procedures.

While most patients are not responsible for any copays or coinsurance, some may be responsible for certain costs. Discuss your benefit structure with your employer and health insurance provider to understand your costs.

What conditions do we treat?

Whether you need physical therapy, injections or spine surgery, you’ll have access to a team who uses the most progressive technology and techniques available today. The spinal surgeons at Geisinger perform a range of surgeries and physical care to address your pain. Our team treats a variety of conditions including:

  • Chronic neck pain or chronic back pain
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Age-related changes to the spine
  • Spine injuries or spinal fractures
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Many of the surgeries our team performs are minimally invasive, which means quicker recovery and faster discharge from the hospital. Our goal is to get you back to the things you love as soon as possible. Geisinger surgeons perform the following surgeries:

  • Spinal fusions
  • Spinal decompressions (laminectomy/laminotomy/foraminotomy)
  • Discectomy
  • Cervical disc arthroplasty

You can connect with our nurse navigators at a toll-free number before you even visit us. Your nurse navigator will set up everything to help you meet all program requirements along the way.

Health Design Plus will also help by coordinating your travel and stay.

Why choose Geisinger for your spine care?

As a member of the Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN), we have been specifically chosen to provide care to employees of Fortune 100 companies from around the U.S. As part of the ECEN, we’ve been recognized as a national leader in the services we provide. We’re also the only designated ECEN hospital that is designated in four specialty areas for select joint replacement, heart, spine and bariatric surgeries.

Geisinger’s team of experienced surgeons will not only provide you with the best care, but also educate you on the recommended procedures and therapy. You’ll have opportunities to ask questions and our team will be readily available to answer them. We’ll help you understand what steps you can take to ensure your life is as pain-free as possible after you leave us, and you'll receive a comprehensive guide to prepare you for every step of your surgery.

We know that getting back to your life and being surrounded by supportive friends and family is important. Our ProvenRecovery® program is designed to help you recover quicker, so you can return home as soon as possible.

Get started with planning your care at Geisinger

Meet our specialists

Spine surgery team

Jonathan Reese Slotkin, MD 
Michael H. Haak, MD
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