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From minimally invasive procedures to complex spine surgeries, we offer a range of specialized spine care from a team of dedicated experts. Our spine surgeons, expert neurologists and clinical specialists – national leaders in quality and outcomes efforts – offer every level of spine care to ensure you get the care that’s right for you.


SpineFirst is a premier partnership between Atrium Health and Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates – two nationally recognized leaders in the field of spine care. 

Our team of experts is committed to getting you back to doing what matters most by delivering exceptional spine care with a seamless experience. At SpineFirst, you have access to top spinal expertise, innovative treatments and excellent outcomes.

Learn more about SpineFirst.

Neurosurgery and spine treatments

Some of our minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Cervical and lumbar MED (microendoscopic discectomy)
  • Thoracoscopic spine surgery
  • Fusion with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation
  • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion

Gamma Knife radiosurgery

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a non-invasive treatment for a variety of conditions in the brain and skull region, including tumors, facial pain and vascular disorders. 

The procedure doesn’t involve any surgical incisions. Instead, it uses highly focused beams of radiation (energy).

Atrium Health Levine Cancer Proton & Advanced Radiation Center is the only facility in the Charlotte region – and 1 of only 5 across the Carolinas – that offers Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

The treatment is led by a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, nurses and other specialists.

Patient resources

Spine Surgery Patient Education Booklet:

This booklet will help you know what to do before, during and after spine surgery. Remember to follow what your surgeon tells you.

Spine Surgery Discharge Instructions:

These instructions will help you know what to do once you are home after spine surgery. Remember to follow any guidelines your doctor or physical therapist gives you.

Spine Surgery Pre-op Education Class (Live Class):

Click here to register for the "live" virtual option for our spine education class. This class is taught by an Atrium Health educator and is offered Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon. This class is available to help prepare you for your spine surgery. (This is not an in-person class; you will use your phone or computer to join. After you register, a link to the class will be sent to your email).

Spine Surgery Pre-op Education Class (Pre-recorded Class):
Click here to watch our pre-recorded spine education class to help prepare you for your spine surgery. This is the same class as the “live” virtual option but is available 24/7 and will not have a live teacher. You will be asked to fill out a survey before viewing the video.

Gamma Knife Patient Guide: 
This guide explains the Gamma Knife treatment process and includes helpful resources for patients. If you receive Gamma Knife treatment, your care team will also provide directions for you to follow.  

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