Iowa Spine & Brain Institute

Patient Education

Here at the Iowa Spine and Brain Institute™, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the information needed to make informed decisions about their health care.

These web pages have been designed to provide you with the general information you will need to make these important decisions.

Keep in mind that every individual is different, so your specific experience may vary from what is described here based on your needs and the decisions made by your Surgeon/Physician Specialist. These pages are intended to supplement the information and advice you receive from your surgeon/physician specialist, not to take the place of any thorough discussion you may need to have with him/her.

Studies show that a patient who is educated about their diagnosis, well prepared for treatment, and who actively participates in the process, spends less time in the hospital and enjoys a quicker rehabilitation. By keeping yourself well informed you are contributing immeasurably to your recovery, and taking a vital step forward in regaining freedom and independence.

These pages include information about the following:

Spine- Cervical:

Cervical Spine Anatomy link opens in a new window
Neck Pain link opens in a new window
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion link opens in a new window
Cervical Corpectomy and Strut Graft link opens in a new window
Cervical Discectomy link opens in a new window
Cervical Foraminotomy link opens in a new window
Cervical Laminectomy link opens in a new window
Cervical Radiculopathy link opens in a new window
Cervical Spinal Stenosis link opens in a new window
Posterior Cervical Fusion
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Spine- Lumbar:

Lumbar Spine Anatomy link opens in a new window
Low Back Pain link opens in a new window
Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring link opens in a new window
Anterior Lumbar Fusion with Cages link opens in a new window
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion link opens in a new window
Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease link opens in a new window
Lumbar Disc Herniation link opens in a new window
Lumbar Discectomy link opens in a new window
Lumbar Facet Joint Arthritis link opens in a new window
Lumbar Laminectomy link opens in a new window
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis link opens in a new window
Lumbar Spondylolisthesis link opens in a new window
Lumbar Spondylolysis link opens in a new window
Posterior Lumbar Fusion link opens in a new window
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
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Spine- Thoracic:

Thoracic Spine Anatomy link opens in a new window
Kyphoplasty link opens in a new window
Scheuermann’s Disease link opens in a new window
Spinal Compression Fractures link opens in a new window
Thoracic Disc Herniation link opens in a new window
Vertebroplasty
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Peripheral Nerves:

Carpal Tunnel link opens in a new window