Spine Surgery

Neurosurgeons Work With Patients To Design A Treatment Plan

Due to our high staff-to-patient ratio, Northwest Specialty Hospital focuses on compassionate, individualized care. Our neurosurgeons work with you to design the best treatment plan to suit your specific needs. We also understand that the prospect of neurosurgery can be quite frightening. Our doctors and neurosurgery team will educate you as to what to expect before, during, and after a particular procedure. In addition, our facility features a relaxing, peaceful environment, with large rooms and a focus on your privacy.

Numerous Types of Surgery Available in North Idaho From Northwest Specialty Hospital’s Neurosurgeons

Our neurosurgeons perform complex spinal surgery, such as ACDF, laminectomy, microdiscectomy, and spinal fusion. Through ACDF, neurosurgeons remove damaged discs, decompress nerves, and insert grafts in the neck in order to relieve severe neck and arm pain, numbness and weakness. During a spinal fusion procedure, the neurosurgeon places bone grafts between spinal vertebrae in order to stop motion between the discs and relieve the discomfort typical in patients diagnosed with lumbar disc disease.

Minimally invasive microdiscectomy is a procedure in which the neurosurgeon can remove part of a spinal disc that is pinching or pressing on nearby nerves with much less trauma to the surrounding muscles. This usually leads to a quicker, less-painful recovery period. During laminectomy, or spinal decompression, the neurosurgeon enlarges your spinal canal to lessen pressure on the spinal cord or surrounding nerves.

In addition to these spinal procedures, Northwest Specialty Hospital’s neurosurgeons perform minimally-invasive microscopic neurosurgery, minimally-invasive sacroiliac joint surgery, carpal tunnel repair, cranial surgery on both malignant and benign brain tumors, neurosurgical trauma surgery, and computerized stereotactic guided brain surgery.

Contact us today to make an appointment to meet with a neurosurgeon at Northwest Specialty Hospital.

Axis Spine

Daniel Blizzard


Dr. Daniel J. Blizzard is a fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon specializing in comprehensive spinal surgical care ranging from minimally-invasive and motion-sparing techniques, to...

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John Clark


John Clark is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Axis Spine Center in Post Falls, Idaho. Axis Spine center is a...

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David Glassman


Dr. David Glassman is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon at Northwest Specialty Hospital. He is an international speaker, published author,...

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Caleb Hiebert


Dr. Caleb Hiebert is excited to join the highly qualified staff at Axis Spine – committed to improving the quality of life...

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Roland Kent


Dr. Roland S. Kent is a fellowship trained Spine Surgeon. Fellowship training is the highest level of training available for spine surgical...

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Ivanka Kuran


Dr. Ivanka Kuran is excited to join the Axis Spine Team promoting diet, exercise and wellness as part of a comprehensive program...

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Ashley Lammers


Ashley Lammers is a Physician Assistant with experience in both Neurosurgery and Pulmonology. She earned her bachelors degree from Ohio University and...

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Adam Mills


Dr. Adam Mills is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He specializes in acute severe low back and neck...

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Amber Mingura


Amber Mingura is a physical therapist assistant with Axis Spine Physical Therapy in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She joined Axis Spine in...

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Sarah Murphy


Sarah Murphy, PA-C is a board certified Physician Assistant who is joining the team at Axis Spine Center as a surgical PA....

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Patricia Vieth


Patricia Vieth, PA C received her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University in 2007. She is board certified...

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Jeffrey Larson


Jeffrey J. Larson, M.D. is a board certified neurosurgeon. Dr. Larson received his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan and a...

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Douglas Blaty


Dr. Doug Blaty is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive techniques. His approach to spine care is...

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