Expertise and rankings


Mayo Clinic doctors trained in spine conditions (neurologists) and spine surgery (neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons) have experience in evaluating and treating people with all types of spinal stenosis. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat more than 9,000 people with spinal stenosis, including those with rare disorders and those who require complex surgeries.

Research shows that spine surgeries result in fewer complications when done by highly experienced surgeons. Don't hesitate to ask about your surgeon's experience with spinal stenosis surgery. If you have any doubts, get a second opinion.

Treatment expertise

At Mayo Clinic you will find surgeons who specialize in the spine. They use an integrated spine care model, which means they focus on restoring your ability to function and improving your quality of life. And they work with you to choose an individualized treatment plan from the full range of options — medication, spine injections, integrative techniques, minimally invasive surgery and conventional surgery.

Because Mayo Clinic surgeons are highly experienced with minimally invasive techniques, the clinic has one of the lowest rates of fusion in people who undergo surgery for lumbar stenosis in the United States. While fusions are a useful way to stabilize the spine and reduce pain, by avoiding them you can reduce potential risks and complications.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic is a founding member of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, a network of health care institutions that share research data and work together to improve health care.

In addition, Mayo Clinic neurologists and neurosurgeons regularly contribute to medical journals to advance treatment of people with spinal stenosis everywhere. And they conduct symposiums and other educational offerings for other physicians.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center has again been ranked as the top performing children’s hospital in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017–2018 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.