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The Spine division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery aims to develop a comprehensive and renowned spine program that serves the Twin Cities and greater regional community.

spinePictured: In an innovative, multi-stage procedure, Dr. David Polly, Jr., built a spine for a young girl. Read the story

Working together, our team of experts has established an international reputation for clinical treatment of patients, research productivity, outcomes studies, and training of fellows, residents and medical students.

Typical spine cases

Scoliosis case

Scoliosis case

An adolescent patient with progressive curve was unresponsive to brace treatment. The patient was treated by the latest technique using thoracic pedicle screws, obtaining excellent correction of the deformity, all from a single posterior approach.

scoliosis before-after

Pictured: Before (left) and after (right) treatment

Tumor case

Tumor case

A senior adult with destruction of vertebral body by a tumor was treated with a titanium prosthesis, creating an immediately stable spine and enabling resumption of activities.

before tumor procedure

Pictured: Before treatment, A-P and lateral views

after tumor treatment

Pictured: After treatment, A-P and lateral views

Old fracture causing pain

Old fracture causing pain

An adult patient with a history of a fracture and resulting malalignment, causing pain, was treated by removal of fractured vertebra and realignment of spine to normal position.

before fracture treatment

Pictured: Before treatment, A-P and lateral views

fracture after treatment

Pictured: After treatment, A-P and lateral views

Clinic information

Spine faculty

David W. Polly, Jr., MD 
Jonathan N. Sembrano, MD

Appointments: 612-273-9400

Clinic location

Clinics and Surgery Center
909 Fulton St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

MIMO Scoliosis Clinical Trial

Dr. Noelle Larson
Dr. David Polly
Dr. Charles Ledonio