Highest Level of Training:
At UT Erlanger Neurosurgery & Spine, we take pride in offering the best spine treatment in the area. We are uniquely qualified to manage all your spinal disorders. Why? In most cases a neurosurgeon can provide the highest level of expertise when dealing with spine problems. That’s because neurosurgeons complete more spinal surgery training than any other specialty. Furthermore, we are the only physicians that treat the entire central nervous system. This includes the spinal cord itself, as well as all the structures surrounding the spinal cord: the bones of the spine, the discs, and the ligaments. Because neurosurgeons spend most of their time treating spine problems, they are familiar with all treatment options and are uniquely qualified to determine which option will be the safest and most effective for each patient. Finally, Neurosurgeons are the only spine specialists to receive formal training in Neurology and Neuro-Radiology. During residency, each neurosurgeon completes rotations in these sub-specialties. We are well qualified to diagnose neurologic conditions, interpret MRI scans and CAT scans, and recommend the best treatment option.
Surgery isn’t the first option; Surgery isn’t the only option.
Although neurosurgeons are trained to perform highly advanced surgical techniques, the majority of our patients undergo non-surgical treatment. We offer a variety of conservative treatment options, including physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and anti-inflammatory medications. Our rehab program offers the latest and most comprehensive non-surgical treatments.
If Surgery is Necessary:
Neurosurgeons offer a wide variety of surgical options to help correct spine disorders. Precision and delicacy are keys to a successful and safe procedure. Utilizing operative microscopes and a neurosurgeon’s excellent training, our surgeries allow for smaller incisions, greater precision and faster patient recovery. The microscopic procedures available today are allowing patients to leave the hospital as early as the day of surgery and returning to normal activities in days instead of weeks. We perform small, minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. In some cases, spinal stabilization and fusion procedures are necessary. Rest assured that we are fully trained and fluent in these complex cases. Newer technologies, such as motion-preserving artificial discs and inter-spinous spacers are also options.