Spine Surgery

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

When it comes to spine surgery, having an experienced surgeon who’s trained in the most advanced techniques is essential for a successful outcome. Expert spine surgeon and medical consultant Benjamin Bjerke, MD, at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, is trained in open, minimally invasive, and motion-preserving spinal surgery techniques. Dr. Bjerke uses his expertise to offer the most appropriate type of procedure to his patients in West Des Moines and Clive, Iowa. For the highest degree of personalized care in spine surgery, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.

Spine Surgery Q & A

What are the types of spine surgery?

Dr. Bjerke is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon with training in all areas of spinal surgery and cervical spine surgery. He trained at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including a combined fellowship in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Focusing his practice exclusively on spinal care, Dr. Bjerke specializes in various surgical approaches, including:

Minimally invasive spine surgery

Minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery uses smaller incisions than an open procedure as well as specialized techniques that minimize trauma to the tissues around your spine. MIS surgery results in less pain and blood loss and a faster recovery than open surgery.

Motion preservation spine surgery

Motion preservation spine surgery (MPSS) may be an alternative to spinal fusion for patients who are dealing with back pain or neck pain. Avoiding spinal fusion allows for continued motion in the damaged vertebrae.

Stereotactic computer-aided navigation

Computer-assisted stereotactic navigation is a state-of-the-art technique that’s quickly establishing itself as the gold standard for accurate placement of spinal implants. This approach involves mapping your unique anatomy for unparalleled surgical precision. 

Why would I need spine surgery?

The team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, only considers surgery as a final option after conservative treatments fail to improve your condition. You may need spine surgery to treat one of the following conditions:

  • Spinal deformities such as scoliosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal instability and spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral compression fractures

Dr. Bjerke carefully evaluates your condition and recommends the most appropriate approach to treatment for you.

What type of spine surgery is right for me?

To determine the best treatment for you, Dr. Bjerke and Capital Orthopedics provide all of the spinal imaging necessary, including on-site xrays and MRI.

Then, he creates a customized spinal surgery plan. Dr. Bjerke specializes in advanced procedures like MIS surgery, although he is able to perform traditional 'open' spine surgery for more complex cases.

Dr. Bjerke performs all types of spinal surgeries, including microdiscectomy, spinal fusion, and cervical spine surgery. He spends as much time as you need discussing the risks and benefits of your procedure so you can make an informed decision about your health. 

Capital Orthopedics has an on-site MRI imaging facility at their office in Clive, Iowa, which offers patients a convenient and cost-effective alternative to a hospital setting. 

For expertise in spine surgery, call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, or book an appointment online today.