Spine Surgery

The Spine Institute at Community Medical Center

Thank you for choosing The Total Joint Replacement and Spine Institute at Community Medical Center, to help restore you to a higher quality of life.

Annually, over 200,000 people undergo spine surgery. The goal of surgery aims to relieve pain, restore your independence, and return you to work and other daily activities.

Most patients having spine surgery recover quickly. Some patients may be able to walk or even go home the day of surgery. Generally, patients can return to driving in one to two weeks, to sedentary jobs and activities in three to four weeks, and to vigorous physical activities in six to 12 weeks. Patients undergoing more complicated operations such as multilevel spinal fusion may require three to six months to return to full activities.

Our team includes nurses, physical and occupational therapists and orthopedic and neurosurgeons specializing in spine care. Every detail, from pre-operative teaching to post-operative exercising, is considered and reviewed with each patient. Your health care team guides patients through the surgical experience and helps develop individualized discharge plans.

The Joint Replacement and Spine Institute at Community Medical Center has developed a comprehensive planned course of treatment. We believe that patients play a key role in ensuring a successful recovery. Our goal is to involve patients in their treatment through each step of the program.

Community Medical Center Welcomes Pulse Platform by NuVasive for Complex Spine Surgeries

A team of physicians at Community Medical Center are utilizing a new cutting-edge digital technology platform to perform complex spinal surgeries more efficiently, effectively, and closer to home. With the Pulse platform by NuVasive, Sean Jandhyala MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon for RWJBarnabas Health, and Stephen Johnson MD, Director of Cranial Nerve Disorders and Neurotramua for RWJBarnabas Health, have been able to complete several successful surgeries since the machine arrived in February while working closely together in and out of the operating room to ensure the best patient outcomes.

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