Many patients living with back and neck pain, disease, or injury choose to delay spinal surgery because of concerns about pain, loss of mobility, or a difficult recovery process.

However, spinal surgery has come a long way in a short time. A skilled specialist – like Dr. Ejovi Ughwanogho, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with Northwest Healthcare’s Northwest Bone & Joint program – can address many problems involving every level of the spine.

“Spinal issues can be disabling if not addressed,” said Dr. Ughwanogho, who performs cervical disc replacements; cervical and lumbar fusions/decompressions for nerve pain and spine instability; and scoliosis reconstruction at Northwest Medical Center Houghton and Northwest Medical Center Sahuarita. “Delaying appropriate intervention can result in avoidable pain, loss of function and reduced quality of life.”

Dr. Ughwanogho added that many traditional procedures – what patients imagine when contemplating spinal surgery – have been updated with safer and more effective techniques, instrumentation and post-operative care.

“Remember, there are available options – surgical and non-surgical – to address issues involving your spine,” he said.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ughwanogho or another orthopedic specialist, please visit

In addition, Dr. Ughwanogho will present a free seminar – especially focused on treatment options for the lumbar spine and lower back pain – from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Vail Classroom at Northwest Medical Center Houghton, 2200 S. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ, 85748.

About Northwest Healthcare

Northwest Healthcare is an integrated healthcare provider committed to delivering Tucson and surrounding communities with high quality, accessible healthcare. Northwest Healthcare includes Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital, Northwest Medical Center Sahuarita, Northwest Medical Center Houghton, Northwest Emergency Centers in Vail and Marana, Northwest Urgent Cares, Northwest Women’s Center, Northwest Primary & Specialty Care, Northwest Tucson Surgery Center, Tucson Surgery Center and Northwest Transitions, an inpatient rehabilitation facility. To learn more, visit

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