Throughout your life, your spine helps you move, bend, lift, work and play. If your spine is injured, it can have a devastating effect on your quality of life. Fortunately, the spine center at Memorial Health can help.
Our experienced team offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for a variety of spinal conditions. Our goal is to help you get back to a fulfilling, productive life.
To schedule an appointment, or speak with a spine expert, call (912) 350-2646.
Memorial Health Spine Center
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404
Pre-surgical classes are held every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Call (912) 350-0186 for more information.
It is important for people undergoing spine surgery to have a clear understanding of the surgical process, preparation and recovery. Our pre-surgical class prepares patients and families for surgery and introduces them to our interdisciplinary care team, including the surgical team, specially trained nurses, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, case managers and a care coordinator.
Recovery after surgery
In the Memorial Health spine surgery unit, specially trained nurses will monitor you and follow evidence-based guidelines to ensure the best outcome. They will help you control your pain, encourage you to move around, encourage you to eat and use the restroom as needed. All of these things help your body begin the road to recovery. A spine surgery coordinator will visit you to provide education, answer questions and make sure you are comfortable.
Your length of stay will depend on the type of surgery you have. Many people are able to return home in less than 24 hours. If you must stay longer, your physician will keep you informed about your approximate length of stay.
Spinal cord injury program
Memorial Health’s outpatient spinal cord injury program includes comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment to address medical, physical and psychological needs; education and training to meet family needs; and recommendations for home and work area modifications. Our program is especially beneficial for people with:
- Traumatic spinal cord injury
- Non-traumatic spinal cord injury (spinal cord infarction, aneurysm)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS)
- Spinal tumor
- Multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and other related disorders
Led by a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the spinal cord injury team works closely with the patient and his or her family. Together, they develop a plan to facilitate the patient's return to a productive life. An individual spinal cord injury treatment program might include the following:
- Therapies for improving strength, endurance and mobility
- Retraining in cooking, cleaning and housekeeping
- Strengthening and conditioning exercises in our pool
- Training to overcome or compensate for speech, language or cognitive difficulties
- Treatment of swallowing disorders
- Independent living skills training
- Family conferences, involvement and counseling
- Referral to vocational rehabilitation services
- Referral to driving therapy program for evaluation and re-training
- Home assessments, as needed, to recommend adaptive equipment and placement of ramps and railings
- Home exercise program