Spine Center

Floyd Center for Advanced Spine Care

The mission of our trained staff at the Floyd Center for Advance Spine Care is to help patients experiencing back and neck pain enjoy life again.

Our team treats both the lumbar (lower) and cervical (upper) areas of the spine, and we provide optimal care and pain relief for quicker recovery times.

Our spinal surgery program is certified by The Joint Commission, meets national standards and consistently uses evidence-based practices, which means a higher standard of care for our patients. The center also has neurosurgeons on call around the clock to respond quickly to emergency cases.

In some cases, minimally invasive surgery allows discectomy and laminectomy procedures to be performed as an outpatient procedure. Patients can often be released a few hours after surgery and will not require an overnight stay in the hospital.

Why We Stand Out

From before surgery through recovery, our team of caregivers works with patients to provide a complete spectrum of care. Your experience at Floyd will include pre-surgery and post-surgery education, a nationally recognized surgical program and a full range of rehabilitation services, if needed.

Quality outcomes: Our award-winning team brings together a team of experienced surgeons with caring and specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians.

According to CareChex® ‐‐ an information service of Quantros, Inc., Floyd is recognized for:

Staff: Our specially trained therapists work closely with the nurses and surgeons to get you up and about as soon as possible.

Private rooms: Physical therapy and nursing care take place on a unit dedicated exclusively to spine patients. Private patient rooms include special accommodations for the patient’s family coach as they are a valued member of the care team.

Care Coordinator: One person, a care coordinator, will be the patient’s resource before, during and after discharge. This resource is available to answer any questions and help navigate the continuum of care.

Coach: Each patient is asked to choose a coach who will learn the program along with the patient. The coach will be an active participant in the patient’s care before, during and after discharge from the hospital. The coach is usually a family member or friend, and is encouraged to stay in our spacious private patient room that includes guest accommodations.

Education: Comprehensive education begins well before surgery.

  • Preoperative class: This class lets you know what to expect at each step during spine surgery and recovery. This in-person conversation allows that patient and their coach to get answers to their questions before surgery and gives them peace of mind that our team is available throughout the entire experience.
  • Guidebook: Our Floyd Center for Advanced Spine Care guidebook explains surgery and provides a list of activities and strengthening exercises patients should begin six weeks before surgery. The guidebook also serves as a clinical diary patients bring to preoperative classes, all appointments and the hospital.
  • Discharge class: This short, 30-minute class is held either the day before or the day of a patient's discharge from the hospital. It provides a review of the next steps in recovery and care at home.

Treatments Offered

Fusion: This surgical procedure joins two or more bones of the spine. It can be performed on cervical (upper) or lumbar (lower) areas of the spine.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: The surgeon will make a small incision in the throat area to reach and remove a disc in the neck. During a discectomy, part of the damaged disc is removed to ease pressure on the spinal cord, which often causes pain.

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion: An incision is made through the front side of the abdomen to give the surgeon access to the lumbar area of the spine. 

Oblique lateral interbody fusion: The spine is accessed through a tiny opening on the side area of the patient’s back.

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: Surgery is done through an incision in the back part of the spine to fuse the bones.

Laminectomy:  Part or all of the vertebral bone (lamina) is removed. This helps relieve compression of the spinal cord. Can be performed on cervical or lumbar areas of the spine.

Posterior cervical laminectomy: A small incision is made in the back of the neck and part of the disc is removed to relieve compression on a nerve.

Disc replacement: A diseased disc is replaced with an artificial one.

Microdiscectomy: A small incision is made to remove part of the damaged disc.

Decompression: Usually a portion of the spine is removed to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Kyphoplasty: The surgeon inserts and inflates small balloon-like devices into the broken bone to make space, and a substance is injected to fuse fractions or breaks.

Scoliosis surgery: Scoliosis is excessive curvature of the spine, and sometimes requires surgeries on different levels of the spine.

Spinal tumor surgery: The type of surgery and recovery time depends on the type of tumor and where it is located. In some cases, the tumor can be completely removed. Sometimes surgery is used to remove only a portion of the tumor.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Patients who are medically stable, need the coordinated care of both physical therapy and occupational therapy services, and would benefit from intense therapy of at least three hours a day qualify for inpatient rehabilitation at Floyd Medical Center. Our rehabilitation staff includes certified nurses and licensed therapists who can provide individualized plans. A physician specializing in rehabilitation will keep your doctor informed about your condition and how well you are recovering.

Sub-acute Rehabilitation at Polk Medical Center

Patients who need rehabilitation after discharge but are unable to participate in at last three hours of therapy per day are eligible for a less rigorous program at Polk Medical Center. A team of nurses and therapists provides care in a hospital setting that includes 24-hour physician care, a low nurse-to-patient ratio and a full complement of radiology, laboratory and emergency services.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Four weeks after surgery, patients should ask their surgeon if they can benefit from outpatient rehabilitation. Floyd Physical Therapy & Rehab offers a team of licensed physical therapists who help patients build strength and stamina. Our rehabilitation gyms offers weight machines, free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bicycles. Outpatient services are provided in Rome, Cedartown, Rockmart, Calhoun, Summerville and Cartersville.


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Find quality care close to home at the Floyd Center for Advanced Spine Care. Contact the Spine Coordinator for more information at 706.509.6487 or email us



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