Spine Surgery In Iowa City, Iowa

Spine pain can be debilitating and intrusive in a patient’s life. At Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center (Iowa City ASC), we understand that when you are faced with the need for spine surgery you want to get back to a better standard of living, where pain is not stopping you from doing the things you love.

Spine surgery has been historically been an intense and invasive procedure requiring a hospital with long recovery times. However technological advancements have made minimally invasive spine surgery options a reality.

Minimally invasive spine surgery is making outpatient spine surgery not only possible, but the preferred way to handle correctible spine problems.

Minimally Invasive Outpatient Spine Surgery

Iowa City ASC uses a number of techniques to perform minimally invasive spine surgeries. Some of the benefits of minimally invasive procedures are:

  • Generally safer with lower risk of complications
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Smaller incision means smaller scars
  • Reduced recovery due to damaged muscles and other tissue
  • Shorter time in the hospital and quicker outpatient recovery

The Iowa City ASC spine surgeons are taking spine surgery to the next level of excellence with their experience and expertise. They are committed to providing patients with the best care using state-of-the-art equipment, instruments, and implants.

Outpatient spine surgery provided at the Iowa City ASC improves upon the traditional spine surgery procedure by offering a solution for patients who don’t want to recover in a hospital setting. Many patients can safely have their procedure done in an outpatient surgical setting. For our cervical disc fusion patients, we provide a comfortable private suite for their overnight stay.


“Dr. Overton and I are excited to now offer our patients more convenient and affordable options for spine surgery on an outpatient basis. Spine Surgery has shown outstanding safety and efficacy in the ambulatory setting. We appropriately select patients using sound surgical indications and dedicate ourselves to great care of each individual patient. Spine procedures performed at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center can restore your function more quickly.”

Dr. Ben MacLennan, M.D. and Dr. Brent Overton, M.D.

Common spine procedures performed at Iowa City ASC include but are not limited to:

  • Microdiscectomy.  Click here to read more about this procedure.
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy (Single & Two-Level)
  • Anterior Cervical Disc Fusion

Patients meeting physical and anesthesia criteria can benefit from spine surgery at Iowa City ASC.


  • Cost savings for you and your insurance company
  • Patient-centered care tailored to your needs
  • Award winning, quality care
  • Easy to schedule your procedure
  • Less exposure to patients with other types of infection or serious illness

Click here to read Courtney Mauer’s story about her spine surgery experience at Iowa City ASC.

  • At 9 months old, Logan began having chronic ear problems. He went from his energetic self to chronic pain. By three years old Logan was a new kid. His surgeries at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center had restored his energy and relieved his pain. Logan’s mom said he had a very positive outcome and she noted how compassionate and caring the Iowa City ASC staff was.

    Logan - ENT Patient
  • Dave Scholz has been a mountain bike addict and adventure seeker for over 20 years. At the age of 40 he suffered a rotator cuff injury after a ski accident then went on to re-injure his shoulder. After his last surgery he came to Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center. He loved the convenience of Iowa City ASC, his ability to easily schedule, and the follow up of the Iowa City ASC staff after the surgery.

    Dave - Orthopedic Patient
  • The care I experienced at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center was excellent. Everyone was friendly, nice and made my experience convenient…I would suggest to others that they consider Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center for their operation. It’s all around a better experience whether it’s cataract surgery or any other procedure you can have.

    Dr. Don Merryman - Cataract Patient
  • My overall experience was great! If I ever have any back issues again, I would no doubt feel comfortable going back to Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center. The pain I experienced the morning before my surgery was gone after my surgery when I woke up and went to post-op. I couldn’t believe that in a few short hours I could feel like myself again. Everyone at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center was very kind, knew what they were doing and I could tell they enjoyed working there. In my eyes, the Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center is top notch.

    Courtney Mauer - Spine Patient
  • When we arrived at Iowa City ASC early in the morning for my knee surgery I was met by a team of people who seemed glad to be at work and glad that I was in their facility. Their overall desire to discuss what they needed from me and to assist in meeting my needs was a welcomed situation. Each person truly impressed me with their professionalism and attitude.  The team was attentive to the situation at hand and I feel that contributed to the overall success of my surgery at Iowa City ASC.  I did not even know that my Knee Surgery was the first of this type performed at the ASC until we were ready to go home a few hours after surgery when it was mentioned in passing. The Iowa City ASC team made it seem as though this was an ongoing procedure or process so they should be applauded. Their experience, professionalism, training and smiles made my surgery at Iowa City ASC a success.

    John Weber
  • Very friendly admin staff, nursing staff, pre & post-op care was excellent along with Dr. Dery and surgery staff who performed the injections on my neck. I was very pleased with the care and would recommend your facility to others. Thank you for your time and efforts during my visit.

    Neck Procedure Patient
  • I really enjoyed the people there. From the front desk when I checked in to the time I left, everyone was very caring and attentive to the things I needed. I appreciated all the smiling faces in a place that was originally very scary for me. I didn't get a chance to thank everyone but I hope they all know how much I appreciated their generosity and comfort. It was the first surgery I've ever had and the first one my mom has had to go through with a child and I know she was just as pleased with everything as I was.

    First Time Surgery Patient
  • I have had the misfortune for 42 years to have to deal with countless medical facilities and medical teams. A dozen surgeries, 15-18 procedures, etc. I will tell you that the lion share of them have been positive experiences. Iowa City ASC and the team that cared for me stood out amongst them all. EVERY single person was over the top fantastic! I have never been treated with such kindness, compassion, and great care as I was the morning I was there. EVERY single person made me feel like I was their long lost best friend. I felt as though I was the only person they had to work with that day. It was a fantastic experience. I must say I do hope I don't ever have to see your facility again but if I'm in need I will go nowhere else.

    Very Satisfied Patient


ACL tears and labrum tears are two common orthopedic injuries experienced by sport lovers. Dr. Langland, an arthroscopy orthopedic surgeon at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center, discusses these injuries and what to expect if you are injured.

Learn more about:

  • Two common injuries – ACL and labrum tears
  • Tips to avoid injury
  • Healing time after an injury
Avoid ACL and Shoulder Injury Resource

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Outpatient Spine Surgery

Outpatient microdiscectomy is ideal for the right candidate because this surgery is minimally invasive and the gets patients back on their feet immediately after surgery.

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Spine Surgery Success

Courtney Mauer came to Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center to repair herniated discs in her spine.

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Patient care is our priority at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center. Visit our Patient Resources page for more information on your procedure.