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Spine Surgery Program

While no spinal surgery is routine, some are more delicate and complex and require highly-trained physicians to treat them. Mercy is home to central Iowa's leaders in minimally-invasive, complex spinal surgery. Our coordinated team of surgeons, nurses, imaging specialists, therapists and support staff work together with our patients to ensure that their quality of life is improved and they can go back to living life the way they were pre-surgery.

Services and treatments offered at Mercy Neurosurgery

Mercy uses a minimally-invasive approach to spine care, which means increased recovery times and better outcomes. Mercy treats and consults on the following disorders and medical issues:

  • Spinal disorders, including degenerative diseases
  • Spinal tumors
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative discs
  • Malformations of the spine, including scoliosis
  • Spinal trauma

Mercy will work closely with your primary care physician to coordinate a referral.

Schedule a Neurosurgery Consult

Mercy will work closely with your primary care physician to coordinate a referral. Simply bring the following information to your primary care provider so you can confidently discuss your medical options.

Questions? Call us at (515) 358-0100, or, email us at neurosurgery@mercydesmoines.org.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion


This surgery removes a herniated or diseased disc and relieves neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on nerve roots.

Lumbar Disc Microsurgery


This minimally invasive technique is used to remove the herniated portion of a vertebral disc. It is 95% to 98% effective in eliminating leg pain (sciatica) caused by nerve root compression. The procedure is performed through a small incision on the back.

Minimally-Invasive TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)


This minimally invasive procedure is used to remove a degenerated disc to relieve the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. It is performed through a small incision on the back.



This procedure relieves pressure on the nerve roots in the spine. It is most commonly performed to relieve the pain of stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal that is often caused by the formation of bony growths that can press against the nerve roots. The surgeon may treat one or more vertebrae.

Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion (IBF)


Designed to be a less invasive way to fuse the spine, IBF is generally used for the treatment of back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. When the procedure is performed from the front (anterior) of the spine, a minimally-invasive endoscopic technique may be used. The surgery in the following animation is performed through an anterior approach.

TLIF: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion


TLIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material.

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