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Most major insurance plans are accepted.

The twenty-first century solution to back pain. 

Even if you’ve already had surgery with poor or mixed results, you may benefit from a minimally invasive back procedure such as XLIF or AxiaLIF, the safest and least disruptive methods available for disc removal, implant insertion and lumbar fusion.

What does minimally invasive back care mean to you? 

  • Dramatically Shorter Operating Room and Recovery Time –  Minimally invasive techniques usually require very short hospital stays, compared to several days of immobility and hospitalization following conventional surgery.  Full recovery takes six weeks or less, but many patients report returning to work and other activities just a few days after surgery. 
  • Reduced Post-Operative Discomfort – Our patients experience reduced pain, often requiring little more than a prescription for oral pain killers. 
  • Virtually No Scarring – Unlike conventional surgery, which requires a large incision on the front or back of the body, XLIF and AxiaLIF procedures generally require only small incisions on the side of the body. The result: little or no permanent scarring.

A Care Plan Tailored for You

The first question to ask is not what kind of back surgery you need but whether you need surgery at all. We’ll provide you with a thorough physical assessment to see if your condition can be treated with lifestyle changes, medical pain management, physical therapy or another non-surgical intervention. 

If surgery is indicated, our team will offer you the most minimally invasive solution possible, which may result in far shorter recovery time with much less post-operative discomfort than conventional surgery.

Comprehensive Care

The Center for Back Pain offers preventive care, rehabilitation, medical care, conventional surgery and minimally invasive procedures for multiple conditions.



  • Brain Tumors
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Peripheral Nervous System
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Occipital Neuralgia

Dr. Anders Cohen
Director of the Center for Back Pain

In 2006, The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Chief Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anders Cohen, became the first 
surgeon in New York City to perform the minimally invasive XLIF and AxiaLIF procedures. Years later, 
Dr. Cohen and the Center for Back Pain remain regional leaders in spine care, performing numerous minimally invasive procedures including Zero Profile Cervical Fusion (plateless cervical stabilization) and dynamic rod stabilization.

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