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Published on August 19, 2013

Kishwaukee Community Hospital Opens Spine Center 

August 19, 2013

Earlier this year, Kishwaukee Community Hospital opened a new Spine Center. A comprehensive program, the Spine Center is based on national best practices model for spine surgery, and structured around the fundamental concept of wellness. The Spine Center at Kish Hospital helps patients in the DeKalb and Sandwich areas who are candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery for conditions including stenosis of the spine and other common back and neck conditions needing surgery.

“While spine surgery has been performed at Kish Hospital for many years, this new program creates a patient-centered spine surgery experience, from the moment a patient decides to have surgery to the day he or she leaves the hospital,” according to orthopedic spine surgeon Raymond Hwang, MD. “This program also allows us to put in place research-driven best practices that lead to better outcomes,” he said.  Dr. Hwang, who with board-certified neurosurgeon Martin E. Gryfinski, MD, and the administrative and clinical team at Kish Hospital, developed this innovative new program.   

“First and foremost we view our patients along a wellness continuum, with the need for surgery as a step along that continuum to improved health through the treatment and or elimination of disease,” said Dr. Gryfinski. This fundamental concept of wellness is executed throughout the entire program, which incorporates the most appropriate analgesic, minimally invasive, and rapid-recovery surgical techniques with an environment that maximizes patient recovery through education, a culture of early mobility, family involvement, and group interaction. 

According to national best practice studies, the result of this new approach to surgery is less pain, quicker recovery, and superior outcomes. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gryfinski at DeKalb Clinic call 815.758.8671 or Dr. Hwang at Midwest Orthopedic Institute call 815.758.0000. For more information about the Spine Center, visit

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