Wesley Medical Center offers a spine surgery program that provide the most advanced surgical procedures with experienced, compassionate doctors, nurses and rehabilitation staff. Our orthopedic surgeons are committed to get you back to the activities you love. We provide our patients resources they need to have a successful operation and the best possible outcome during their recovery.
Why choose Wesley?
- We have a comprehensive team of caring specialists who will provide you with personalized care before, during and after your surgery.
- Experienced, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons.
- Over 900 spine surgeries were performed at Wesley 2017.
- The most advanced technology, including minimally invasive surgery.
- Most insurance accepted including BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas
- Spine surgery with O-Arm®
Most patients arrive at the decision to have spine surgery after months – sometimes years – of pain and discomfort. Numerous steps, processes and questions follow such a decision and Wesley knows that patients want to be as informed as possible both before and after the operation. We’ve found that well-informed patients feel more comfortable when they know what lies ahead, which can result in more success in recovery.
We have prepared patient education materials to help make you feel comfortable with the surgical and recovery process at Wesley. Our pre-surgical education and support for our patients starts on the day you decide to have surgery and continues throughout your stay and after you go home. Moreover, we have a dedicated team to help you understand and manage this process.
- Patient Education Materials
- O-Arm Imaging Resource
- Patient Navigator: Navigating your care
- Award-winning Spine and Neurosurgeons
- When to visit the ER for back pain
Conditions we treat
- Spinal stenosis
- Spine tumor/cyst
Wesley Spine Center Medical Director
Dr. Camden Whitaker, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon specializing in herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and reconstructive and revision spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
Dr. Whitaker received his doctor of medicine degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1998. He later completed his residency at The University of Kansas School of Medicine–Wichita in 2003 after a rotation at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, Missouri.
He went on to complete two spine fellowships at both the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas, in 2004 and the Rothman Spine Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2004. He specializes in all areas of the spine—cervical, thoracic, and lumbar—and is dedicated to assisting patients in their desire to regain activity and function, while decreasing pain associated with spinal deformities. He also trains residents in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine procedures.
Dr. Whitaker finds new technologies and research exciting, and in fact, he has written seventeen journal publications, nine book chapters, a book publication (Pocket Spine), and twenty-five podium and poster presentations—all ranging from percutaneous pedicle screw placement to total disc replacement. Dr. Whitaker also speaks at lectures regularly across the nation.
Dr. Whitaker joined Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in 2013, and he chose to practice spine surgery in order to make a true difference in his patients’ lives and help relieve their pain and return them to a normal life. He focuses on building and maintaining good relationships with his patients, following them long after surgery to ensure the best possible outcomes.
The mission of the Wesley Spine Program is to deliver comprehensive, high quality care to the patient undergoing an elective spine surgery using evidence-based practice in a highly collaborative environment.