Complex Spine Surgery

Complex Spine Surgery
Dr. Horace Mitchell Neurosurgeon Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dr. Horace Mitchell practices Neurological Surgery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a Neurological Surgeon, Dr. Mitchell prevents, diagnoses, evaluates, and treats disorders of the autonomic, peripheral, and central nervous systems. Neurological Surgeons are trained to treat such disorders as spinal canal stenosis, herniated... more

Choosing to undergo any type of back or neck surgery requires very important decisions. It starts with making sure you choose the right surgeon who can properly diagnose and treat your individual condition. This is particularly true if you have been diagnosed with any type of spinal injury, deformity, or disease. In this case, it is imperative that you find a surgeon who specializes in complex spinal disorders, as these conditions often require skilled surgical intervention.

Spinal injury and disease are among the most complex conditions encountered in a medical setting. These types of serious ailments include degenerative conditions such as lumbar and cervical disc disease, spinal cord tumors, spinal cord malformations, spinal trauma, scoliosis, or spondylolisthesis. These types of conditions may be the result of disease, abnormal development from birth, trauma from an injury such as a slip or fall or car wreck, or even age-related “wear and tear.” If progressive or severe enough, these conditions can affect many parts of life and can even keep you from performing everyday activities.

Usually involving multiple levels of the spine and several hours in the operating room, it should come as no surprise that complex spinal surgery is considered one of the most difficult to perform. Compared to more routine spinal surgery cases, complex cases most often involve some sort of spinal deformity or malalignment of the spine that requires advanced procedures, such as implanting surgical hardware like plates and rods.

Spinal fusion is one of the more common surgical procedures to treat a weak or unstable spine caused by infection, injury, or deformity. For conditions like degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis, the goal of spine fusion surgery is to stop the movement between vertebrae that are rubbing against each other and causing pain by joining, or fusing, two or more vertebrae so that they grow as one to limit movement and decrease pain. In spinal fusion for scoliosis, rods, hooks, wires, or screws are used to straighten the spine before pieces of bone are placed over the spine to fuse it into a more aligned position.

It should go without saying--if you must undergo complex spinal surgery, it is imperative that you choose your physician wisely. 

Neurosurgeon, Dr. Horace L. Mitchell with The NeuroMedical Center has specialized in complex spinal procedures for over two decades. Trained in general neurosurgery, Dr. Mitchell’s experience in handling the delicate issues of the brain, including the removal of tumors, blood clots, and aneurysms, enhances his ability to effectively perform surgery on the spine and the nerves that are involved. Dr. Mitchell has performed hundreds of complex spinal procedures in his career, resulting in superior long-term results for individuals suffering with degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, spinal tumors, spinal trauma, and more. 

Dr. Mitchell proudly serves as the Chief of Neurosurgery at The NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a medical campus solely dedicated to specialized care in the neurosciences. Dr. Mitchell draws on the expertise of nine fellow neurosurgeons, and a team of neurologists, PM&R/pain medicine specialists, neuropsychologists, and neuroradiologists to offer his patients the very highest level of comprehensive care available for conditions not only affecting the spine, but the brain and nervous system as well. Dr. Mitchell also serves as Chairman of the Board for The Spine Hospital of Louisiana, a federally rated 5-star hospital located within The NeuroMedical Center campus, where he routinely performs complex, minimally-invasive, and laser spine surgery.

If you are suffering from a complex spinal disorder, or are searching for lasting relief for back or neck pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Horace L. Mitchell today. Learn more about your treatment options by calling (225) 768-2050 or by visiting