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Spine Surgery in Israel

When all conservative treatment methods have failed to resolve a spine problem, the next step is to consider surgery. At our Spine Deformity Unit at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, we feature one of the most experienced departments in the country, particularly in the treatment of scoliosis and kyphosis. We offer a variety of traditional and groundbreaking minimally invasive surgical procedures for the spine. Our skilled, multidisciplinary specialists join to provide patients with comprehensive care and rehabilitation after spine surgery, including physical therapy, medication, and helpful exercises.

Spine Surgery in Israel

Treatments at Sheba

We perform spine surgery on patients of all ages and offer a range of advanced techniques, with custom-designed procedures for each individual’s condition.

Treatments include:

  • Posterolateral lumbar fusion with or without instrumentation
  • Bone fixation, using screws and rods
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS): Endoscopic Discectomies, Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy

When necessary, Sheba collaborates with the National Marrow Donor Program to identify suitable tissue donors. We also use an advanced HLA (human leukocyte antigen) laboratory to analyze bone marrow for suitability. The HLA lab can perform high-resolution DNA testing to aid in evaluating stem cells to determine if they are a good match. Our pediatric bone marrow transplant experts also report regularly to the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry (IBMTR) and to the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) on our clinical results.

Conditions We Treat

Our specialists at Sheba will assess each case to determine the most effective treatment for the following conditions:

  • Intervertebral hernia treatment
  • Scoliosis treatment – observation, bracing, or surgery
  • Osteochondrosis treatment
  • Vertebroplasty

Meet Our Team

Alon Friedlander

Alon Friedlander, MD

Director of Orthopedic Department

Dr. Friedlander received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and completed his residency in Orthopedics at Sheba Medical Center. He is an expert in surgical procedures and treatments for scoliosis in children and adolescents, primary and secondary spinal tumors, spinal stenosis, front and back fixation, and slipped discs – using both minimally invasive spine surgery and open techniques. Dr. Friedlander treats orthopedic injuries for the special units in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), elite soccer team injuries, and knee injuries for the Spartak Basketball Club in Moscow. He is on the Forbes list as one of the best doctors of Israel.

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Nissim Ackshota, MD

Senior Physician, Department of Orthopedics

An attending physician at Sheba’s Spine Deformity Unit, Dr. Ackshota is an expert in treating primary bone tumors, metastatic bone disease, and spinal trauma. After finishing his medical studies at the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine, Dr. Ackshota went on to complete an orthopedic surgery residency at Sheba Medical Center and a clinical spine fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Dr. Ran Harel

Senior Physician, Spinal Surgery Division, Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Harel received his medical degree from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and then completed a neurosurgery residency at Sheba and a fellowship in spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Health Center. He was specially trained in spine radiosurgery, treating spine tumors with focal radiation. Dr. Harel is skilled in performing spine surgery for a wide array of conditions, including degenerative, trauma, tumor, and infection. He is experienced in procedures on the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions, as well as in various approaches to the spine, including combined and minimally invasive techniques.

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Spine Deformity Unit at Sheba

Sheba’s Spine Deformity Unit is an integral part of the Department of Orthopedics at the Division of Surgery. It was established to offer patients an all-inclusive facility for the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disease. Our outpatient clinic provides consultations for approximately 350 patients every month, as well as treatment referrals for all of Israel. We practice progressive medicine by custom-tailoring treatments based on current scientific literature and available research results.

We provide clinical care for:

  • Pediatric spinal disorders
  • Degenerative disorders in adults
  • Spinal deformity
  • Trauma
  • Afflictions of the vertebrae
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Why Come to Sheba for Spine Surgery?

Unparalleled Experience

We perform over 250 surgical spinal procedures per year and provide consultations for approximately 350 patients every month

All-inclusive care

All diagnoses and treatments are provided conveniently under one roof

Top-Tier Specialists

Our staff at the Spine Deformity Unit includes highly qualified orthopedic surgeons working in collaboration with a range of experts

Internationally Recognized

We were listed in the Top 10 Hospitals in the World by Newsweek, and we are fully accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the gold standard for quality and safety in healthcare

Cutting-edge treatments

We base our treatments on the latest clinical research, using advanced technologies

Compassionate & Supportive

A personal medical coordinator from Global patient services will assist with everything from A to Z

Sheba Medical Center A Leader in Medicine and Biotechnological Innovation

Established in 1948, Sheba Medical Center is the Middle East's largest and leading medical center. For the fifth year in a row, Sheba has been ranked by Newsweek as one of the world’s best hospitals and smart hospitals, as well as a world leader in gastroenterology, neurology, and cardiology. Known for its excellence in patient-centric care, Sheba offers a wide range of medical divisions and specialties, with dedicated acute care, rehabilitation, gynecology and obstetrics, oncology, pediatrics, and cardiology hospitals and centers. Our highly qualified specialists are involved in innovative treatments and cutting-edge research programs, enabling us to offer patients personalized medical care and advanced life-saving technology to patients worldwide.

Holistic Healing for Children

When designing the most effective treatment program for your spinal condition, our medical team at the Spine Deformity Unit aims to improve your symptoms or stop the degeneration. We thoroughly evaluate each patient who suffers from a spinal disorder, paying attention to how the problem affects quality of life. Our goal is to maximize the benefits of spine surgery, while minimizing the trauma of surgery as much as possible. Therapies are offered on-site by supportive healthcare providers, such as rehabilitation therapists and social workers.

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Sheba Medical Center provides innovative, personalized medical care to patients from around the world. We are the largest, most comprehensive hospital in the Middle East and dedicated to providing advanced and compassionate medicine for everyone.

We welcome all cases, including the rarest and the most challenging. Our medical teams collaborate to provide the best possible health outcomes. From your initial inquiry through the long-term follow-up care, we are here for you.

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