Welcome to the Pittsburgh Neurosurgery Center


Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery

30 Years of Surgical Excellence

The Pittsburgh Neurosurgery Center – Pittsburgh Spines for short – is dedicated to delivering spinal relief with the latest surgical methods and medical equipment. Dr. William Bookwalter has been performing neurosurgery procedures since 1986 and has worked in all of Pittsburgh’s large hospitals. It does not matter if you are with Highmark or UPMC – we work with all major insurance plans and deliver care focused on restoring your mobility.

Our Procedures

We approach every case in a way that targets maximum mobility while minimizing recovering time. Many of our patients are in and out of the hospital in less than 4 hours and begin to resume activities the very same day.

Our patients enjoy privileges not commonly found else where. Every single patient will have ample time with Dr. Bookwalter himself to discuss their diagnosis, understand all options available, and ask important personal questions that can help determine the best course of treatment. We have offices in Shady Side and Ross Township for convenience and a friendly staff ready to receive your call.

  • Artificial Disc Replacement

    Artificial Disc Replacement

    An artificial cervical disc is a device inserted between two vertebrae in the neck to replace a damaged disc. It is best used for patients who are suffering from a herniated disc without much narrowing of the spine.

    Learn how you can begin to recover from an artificial disk replacement in less than 4 hours with Dr. Bookwalter.

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  • Cervical Fusion

    Cervical Fusion

    Though motion preservation is very important, there are times when cervical fusion is appropriate. One example is a during Laminectomy which removes a section of bone from the rear of one or more vertebrae to relieve the painful and disabling pressure of stenosis.

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  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy

    Lumbar Microdiscectomy

    A herniated disc is a common injury that can affect any part of the spine. A herniated disc can cause severe pain and other problems in the arms or legs.

    Discectomy is surgery to remove lumbar (low back) herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord . It tends to be done as microdiscectomy, which uses a special microscope to view the disc and nerves.

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  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

    Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

    Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine. To the right you can see a healthy spine with lots of room for the spinal cord. When that room is filled in by calcium buildup and other factors the space around the spinal cord begins to close up. The buildup begins to put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine to your arms and legs. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck. Pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and problems with normal bladder or bowel function are all signs of Spinal Stenosis.

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  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

    Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

    This surgery removes bone and/or portions of a herniated or diseased disc to relieve neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on nerve roots.

    I am unique in using the lateral position for these procedures. This allows accurate localization and diminished soft tissue dissection. Generally this helps reduce the amount of postoperative discomfort patients experience.

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