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Meet our Founder

About Neurosurgeon Dilantha B. Ellegala

Dr. Dilan Ellegala founded Sonospine® on the belief that spine surgery can, should, and needs to be better. Today’s traditional methods simply aren’t enough. Desiring to offer a better, safer, and more effective alternative, Dr. Ellegala brings his academic neurosurgery background with years of research, development, and experience to patients with the revolutionary Sonospine® Sonosculpt Technique.  Educated at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington, Dr. Ellegala spent much of his career training neurosurgeons in the US and abroad to be the best.  He now brings his expertise to advancing spinal care.

Dr. Ellegala and the Sonospine Team believe in trying to avoid surgery if possible and 85 percent of the time surgery is not necessary for spine problems. However, when conservative methods such as physical therapy and pain management are not enough then surgery may be the best option. Sonospine’s Clinicians will go over all surgical options from traditional surgery to the Sonospine techniques.  Sonospine’s procedures are outpatient, same day surgeries and 88% of our patients in our initial series perceive their post-surgery results as excellent 4 weeks after surgery. If you have exhausted non-surgical options and are still hurting, Sonospine® Ultrasonic Surgery can return you to the pain free mobility you once enjoyed. » View Dr. Ellegala’s CV

Dr. Ellegala - Founder of SonoSpine Surgery

Why Sonospine®?

THE CLEAR CHOICE FOR Spinal Fusion Avoidance

Sonospine® is Virginia’s premier center for minimally disruptive spine surgery. We operate under the belief that surgery can and should be better.

The Advantage of Ultrasonic Spine Surgery

While there is much discussion about minimally invasive surgery, often this is only referring to the size of the incision. These traditional surgeries still disturb much of the surrounding bone and muscle. The Sonospine® Sonosculpt technique allows our surgeons access to the spinal canal with less disruption of bone, joints, and other tissues. Once at the source of your pain, advanced ultrasonic instruments precisely sculpt away bone and disc to restore your spine’s normal anatomy decompressing nerves and relieving pain.

What Makes SonoSpine® the Right Choice?

At Sonospine®, we have a talented group of surgeons and medical professionals. Dr. Ellegala works with industry leaders, like Misonix, to develop and refine the most effective tools and techniques. Sonospine is constantly working to improve spine surgery and holds 22 patent claims in ultrasonic surgery, all with the goal of improving patient’s lives. » Read about our partnership with Misonix, Inc.

Conditions Treated at Sonospine®


The majority of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine (neck and back) can be successfully treated with the Sonospine® Sonosculpt procedure. The advanced technology of surgical ultrasound allows our surgeons to address even the most complex cases without destabilizing the spine. Spinal fusions are avoided and our patients return to the life they once enjoyed.

Typical recovery is 6-8 weeks with Sonospine Procedures as compared with 6 months with some spinal fusion surgeries.

The procedure can be used to treat the following neck and back conditions:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Bone Spurs
  • Herniated Discs
Conditions Treated by Sonospine Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Virginia

Sonospine® understands that you may have questions about how minimally invasive ultrasonic spine surgery in Virginia can help you make a recovery and get relief from chronic back or neck pain. This is why we have created a list of answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you would like to learn even more, contact us at any time.

If you would like to ask any other questions, please speak directly to a member of our Virginia minimally invasive spine surgery team by calling 888-957-7463 or 888-95-SPINE.

What Conditions Does Sonospine Treat?

With Sonospine, a pain-free future is within reach. The procedure can help treat a number of neck and back spinal conditions that dramatically affect quality of life.

Why Is Sonospine Better Than Other Procedures?

Simply put, our Sonosculpt procedure affords patients spinal fusion avoidance. Sonospine uses advanced surgical ultrasound energy to sculpt and dissolve bone in ways never imagined. For over 40 years, bone rongeurs (similar to cutting pliers) and other conventional instruments have been the tools of choice for spinal surgery. Even surgeries deemed “minimally invasive” utilize rongeurs to access the spinal canal. Sonospine employs a minimally disruptive ultrasonic device, the only tool which eliminates the use of rongeurs to gain entry to the source of your pain. Less disruption means less time to a full recovery, fewer complications, faster pain resolution, and a return to pain free mobility.

Is the Sonospine® procedure covered by insurance and/or Medicare?

While Sonosculpt is currently not an insurance covered procedure we have a number of options including partially and fully covered and we are happy to present all approaches for the best possible individual care.