Spine Surgery

The right procedure, performed correctly, on the right patient leads to the best outcomes. We design our surgical strategy to your specific needs and your specific anatomy.

Dr. Roland Kent with Excelsius Robot

Surgical Options

At Axis Spine, our practice is devoted to a multi-disciplinary approach to spine health. Pain specialists, Physical therapists, physical medicine specialists, pain psychologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, osteoporosis specialists and surgeons all play an important role in effective spine care. As we develop a therapeutic alliance with patients we encourage and help to facilitate proven benefits to optimal spine health including tobacco cessation, weight loss, and improved physical fitness with surgical intervention only as necessary.

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Our Surgical Team

Axis Spine Center is the region’s ONLY comprehensive spine center. We are owned and operated by board-certified and fellowship-trained spine physicians. Dr. Roland Kent, Dr. Daniel Blizzard, and their team of physician extenders are committed to improving each patient’s quality of life by increasing daily functioning and empowering their patients to achieve their goals.

Roland Kent
Roland KentMD
Spine Surgeon
Daniel Blizzard
Daniel BlizzardMD
Spine Surgeon
Ashley Lammers
Ashley LammersPA
Physician Assistant
Patricia Vieth
Patricia ViethPA
Physician Assistant
Gary Hurst
Gary HurstNP
Nurse Practitioner

Our Promise

No question is too big or too small for our team. If it matters to you, it matters to us.

Every surgical intervention should be done via the least invasive means possible to effectively obtain the goals of the proposed surgery. At Axis Spine, we employ a host of cutting-edge techniques to minimize blood loss, reduce dissection, preserve muscle and shorten incisions. These techniques include:

  • Anterior fusion
  • Lateral fusion
  • Percutaneous instrumentation
  • Endoscopic or minimally invasive decompression
  • Minimally invasive interbody fusion
  • Minimally invasive sacroiliac (SI) joint stabilization

Fusion is not necessary for most surgical interventions. Most spine pathology that responds favorably to surgical intervention is due to compression of nervous structure. We employ a number of means to effectively decompress nervous tissue while attempting to avoid fusion when possible. These means include:

  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Lumbar disc replacement
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Decompressive lumbar laminectomy without fusion

Fusion should only be used in cases of instability or severe degeneration.

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The majority of our surgical practice is devoted to caring for patients who have been previously operated on. The spine is complex and given the many levels and the number of different conditions that can affect the human spine, even a successful primary surgical procedure may require a follow-on intervention. We design each step of a revision procedure with the end in mind as a well-planned surgery is the most effective strategy to avoid an unnecessary return to the operating room.

We perform complex revision surgical care by effectively including minimally invasive and motion-preserving techniques.

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Mild or single-level degenerative changes in the spine can predispose a patient to worsening deformity. Even limited surgical procedures should be designed to avoid worsening deformity by restoring normal spinal alignment and preserving stabilizing structures. At Axis Spine, we understand spinal alignment and biomechanics and even minor surgical procedures are designed to restore the proper function and alignment of the spine.

Advanced degenerative changes and other spinal conditions can lead to severe deformity with poor spinal alignment. Complex scoliosis causing a poor quality of life requires individualized, complex surgical care to restore spinal balance and prevent the progression of deformity. Individual patient parameters including age, activity level, bone quality and severity of deformity need to be taken into consideration during preoperative planning for deformity correction. The result is a unique and highly personalized surgical prescription using appropriate techniques and implants to restore function and balance to your spine. We work with the best hospitals in our region to provide safe and effective complex spinal care.

At Axis Spine we employ the most up to date planning procedures, surgical philosophies and techniques to correct mild to severe deformity.

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When you need it most, it is important to have a surgeon who understands injury and its effects on spinal biomechanics.

Dr. Kent, having received advanced spine trauma fellowship training at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and then practicing in the military both at home and abroad, in peace and in war, has a wealth of experience in treating the injured spine. He believes in the appropriate use of time-honored technologies and, when appropriate, minimally invasive procedures to effectively stabilize the traumatized spine.

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The SI joint is a frequently overlooked cause of low back pain (20-30%). It is poorly understood and often ignored.

It is important to distinguish SI joint related issues from other spinal sources of pain and dysfunction so that an effective treatment strategy can be developed and unnecessary surgery can be avoided.

At Axis Spine, we employ several conservative measures to treat sacroiliac joint pain. We also specialize in minimally invasive surgical sacroiliac joint stabilization in the carefully selected patient when conservative treatment fails.

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Strategies Tailored to You

In appropriate conditions when conservative treatment fails, the correct surgical intervention (or surgical revision) can lead to quick and effective restoration of health and function while significantly decreasing pain. From the simplest to the most complex intervention, our goal for each patient is to develop a unique strategy to accomplish the objective of the surgical intervention and to avoid unnecessary future surgery.

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I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Roland Kent while he was an active-duty military orthopedic surgeon.
During my 20+year career in the sports medicine field in the college, professional sports, and military setting, I have worked alongside some of the finest orthopedic surgeons in the profession. Dr. Kent’s unparalleled compassion for his patients, along with his eagerness to work with ancillary professionals in the multidisciplinary medical model (Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Chiropractor) makes him one of the most well rounded orthopedic surgeons in the business
Michael H.
Dr. Kent has been fabulous in his care of my cervical fracture. He exudes confidence and that is what I needed during this traumatic time. Thanks so much!
Michael Whiting

Dr. Kent has done two surgeries on my back after my accident and successfully relieved everything. Dr. Kent as well as his team are very nice and professional. I am so pleased he was able to open this office and get out of deaconess.

Charlie Hagens

Previous surgery, by another surgeon, was a failure, and made it worse than before. Dr. Kent corrected that error, and I now have a life again. Thank you sir.

Steven Stiles

Helping you get your life back.