New Jersey Spine Institute

Spine Surgeons In New Jersey

Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Vessa’s Offer a Unique Two-Doctor Approach to Spine Care

We offer minimally invasive surgery, traditional surgery, and non-surgical treatments of back and neck pain and spinal disorders with a unique two-surgeon approach.

Located in Bedminster, NJ

Request Appointment: 908-234-9200

Pairing Excellence
Dual Board-Certified Surgeons in Every Surgery

Dr. James Dwyer and Dr. Paul Vessa employ a unique two-surgeon approach to spine surgery. Through decades of experience and thousands of successful surgeries, they’ve honed this approach to allow for unmatched precision, speed, and outcomes. Patients experience shorter surgical times, better outcomes, and accelerated healing.

Experience and collaboration yield better results—more accurate diagnoses, more conditions that can be treated, and more treatments that can be offered. Have back problems? We can help.

Our Spine Doctors

James Dwyer, MD

Dr. Dwyer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon credentialed by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Through his decades of experience in orthopedic spine surgery and other back care treatments, Dr. Dwyer has had the privilege of performing many of the first specialized spine surgeries in New Jersey. He performed the first arthroscopic microdiscectomy in New Jersey, as well as the first laparoscopically assisted lumbar interbody fusion and the first L4-L5 artificial disc replacement in the state.

Paul Vessa, MD

Dr. Vessa is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon credentialed by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

As one of the best spine surgeons in New Jersey, Dr. Vessa has had the privilege of performing the first outpatient open laminotomy discectomy in the State of New Jersey, a testament to his commitment to using advanced techniques to reduce the need for long hospital stays. Dr. Vessa also assisted Dr. Dwyer in the first arthroscopic microdiscectomy, laparoscopically assisted lumbar interbody fusion, and L4-L5 artificial disc replacement in New Jersey.

Minimally Invasive Focused

We focus on minimally invasive spine surgery. Minimally invasive procedures mean less time spent in surgery and less time needed to recover; the results for our patients are also improved. Our patient-centered approach means that the treatment options we offer each patient are tailored to help them return to their normal life; if they lived a very active lifestyle before needing surgery, our goal is to return them to that lifestyle, pain-free.

Here’s how minimally invasive surgery works: instead of making a large incision through skin and muscle, our surgeons make several small incisions, moving the muscle aside temporarily to perform the procedure. They are assisted by advanced technology, including medical imaging tools and smaller surgical instruments.

Conditions We Treat

Spine surgery is not the first resort, but when needed, it can help alleviate or completely correct a number of different conditions. Some of these conditions include:

Treatments We Offer

We offer both traditional surgery and minimally invasive techniques. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons can perform:

We also offer non-surgical treatment for pain management, including epidural injections.

Our spine surgeons prioritize minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible to address your spine-related issues. Opting for the appropriate surgery can significantly alleviate severe lower back pain, neck pain, and symptoms associated with spinal deformities, damage, and disorders.

Pain Management

More than 90% of our patients achieve significant pain relief without any surgical procedures. At the New Jersey Spine Institute, our team is committed to exploring all conservative treatment methods when possible. Pain management plays a pivotal role in our approach, covering both non-surgical treatments and post-operative recovery. Our spine surgeons specialize in utilizing a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as epidural injections, to effectively manage pain for patients not requiring surgical intervention. By focusing on personalized, minimally invasive care, we aim to address back and spine issues with the utmost attention to patient comfort and long-term wellness.


Diagnostics are the first step in discovering spinal conditions and creating a spine treatment program; with great diagnostics, you can avoid needless procedures and get more successful outcomes. At our clinic, we use a variety of diagnostic tools, including discography (discogram), electromyogram (EMG), and MRI and imaging reviews.

Sports Medicine

Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Vessa have treated many professional athletes who were suffering from injuries or spinal conditions. The goal of treatment is always the same—to fully restore functionality, eliminate pain, and get athletes back into the game as quickly and safely as possible.

Areas Served

Our clinic is located in New Jersey; we serve all of the United States, as well as international patients. Our minimally invasive techniques mean that spinal surgery is more accessible to everyone, with better outcomes and lower recovery time. No matter where you’re located, if you have back problems and you believe that minimally invasive spine surgery could help, get in touch with us.

Patient Testimonials

We help our patients find relief from neck, back, and spine issues; we eliminate pain and discomfort and help them get their lives back to normal with our individualized approach to patient care. Here are some testimonials from patients we’ve helped in the past:

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Roxanne Levinston
Roxanne Levinston
STOP! Look no further. If you are looking for a caring TEAM, then this is where you want to be. They want what's best for you. Both Drs Dwyer and Vessa are OUTSTANDING with a fabulous bedside manner. I am grateful for the them and for the work they do.
Rich Davieau
Rich Davieau
Fantastic experience with Dr Vessa. Very caring and compassionate, needed surgery and they got me in right away because of excruciating pain I was in. I recommend NJSI to anyone looking for a great doctor and staff! Thank you Dr Vessa!
Dee J
Dee J
I have been a patient of New Jersey Spine Institute for several years and have received excellent care from Dr. Dwyer. Dr. James Dwyer is a wonderful caring man, he not only shows great compassion, he treats you with dignity and respect. I recently had an emergency back situation, where I was in excruciating pain. My daughter called his office and his staff showed such care and understanding and I had an appointment immediately. Dr. Dwyer quickly took care of my pain, and it resulted in back surgery which he performed with the utmost care and excellence. He made himself available at all times to my daughter who was taking care of me. I had to have physical therapy and even my therapist was impressed by how quickly he took care of me. I also must mention that I have never dealt with a more caring or professional office staff, they took care of referrals and handling all the details of follow ups which can be quite overwhelming especially when you are in great pain. I cannot praise Dr. Dwyer and his staff enough, they are the BEST!!!!!
Ann Marie Vernese
Ann Marie Vernese
Pleasant office with high standard of personal care & sanitary measures practiced throughout the office environment. The staff were engaged, friendly, accommodating & displayed excellent communication skills. Dr Dwyer patiently explained my X-ray results & his recommendations for further treatment. Extremely happy with services provided.
Greg Barrett
Greg Barrett
Dr. Vessa and the whole team, from the office staff to the team at the surgical center, were extremely professional, empathetic and outstanding in their roles. My surgery went very well and it was certainly due to this team. I consider myself very fortunate to have found Dr. Vessa and team.
Oneil Hart
Oneil Hart
It was a good experience with you guys I really appreciate what you guys have done for me thank you all
Nelson Albert
Nelson Albert
From the initial visit dr..Dwyer and his staff were outstanding.i don't comment often but this time I have to... i was told the shot was unbearable... well I felt nothing from the iv to the actual shot in my back... Thank you ,, New Jersey spine institute... thanks a million 😊 ✌️

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2023: Continuously Ranked.

Our team is among the Top Spine Doctors in New Jersey. Dr. Dwyer & Dr. Vessa have been awarded a multitude of Best Spine Surgeon Awards including Most Compassionate Doctor and Top Spine Surgeons NJ by Castle Connolly.

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