|Life-Changing Spine Techniques
Reach From Concord To Rock Hill
Originally published Fall 2001
Because of the spines delicate and intricate nature, surgery on this protector of the nervous system requires the utmost precision. Thanks to continuing advancements, spine surgery is less invasive than it was just two years ago. At Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, our neurosurgeons have remained at the forefront of developing and implementing the latest advancements in the treatment of spinal disorders, including disc and degenerative disease, tumors, injuries to the spinal cord and congenital malformations.
We have an incredible amount of spine experience to bring to the table, said spine surgeon Rick Finger, MD. When you consider that 10 of our 13 physicians perform spine procedures on a regular basis, our group offers over 220 years of cumulative spine expertise.
Innovation With A Regional Focus
While the practice is based in Charlotte, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, is making a concentrated effort to expand its specialized resources across the region. This continuing focus on providing access to the latest spine procedures is evident with the recent addition of David Jones, MD, to the practices Concord office. He spent six years training alongside three dedicated complex spine surgeons. It was like doing a six-year spine fellowship. Other specialties have one to three years of spinal training at best, said Dr. Jones. I have a keen interest in both degenerative and traumatic disorders of the spine.
Dr. Jones has performed over 350 instrumented spinal fusions including cervical, lumbar, thoracic and trauma cases. Hes researched instrumented fusion for degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine, and has even written book chapters explaining indications for and techniques of posterior lumbar interbody fusion. He has extensive training in minimally invasive spinal procedures, and is adept at approaching and instrumenting the spine both anteriorly and posteriorly, anywhere from the occiput to the sacrum.
The addition of Dr. Jones significantly enhances the level of innovative and cutting-edge neurosurgery we offer this community, said Mark Redding, MD, of the practices Concord office. Our ability to manage complex spinal disorders at NorthEast Medical Center is parallel with any institution in the region. Cases weve treated include primary and metastatic lesions to the spine and spinal cord; traumatic and osteoporotic fracture management, and a wide array of disorders of instability.
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates also provides extensive spine services in Rock Hill through Piedmont Medical Center. Michael Cowan, MD, is the practices dedicated Rock Hill neurosurgeon and offers experience in minimally invasive techniques including thoracoscopic spine surgery.
Spine Surgery Goes Endoscopic
Herniated discs are the most common, and most painful, back ailment. At Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, patients with cervical disc herniations have a new treatment option. In 1997, practice physician Tim Adamson, MD, modified technology designed for lumbar surgery and developed an innovative solution for the cervical spine. Microendoscopic discectomy (MED), requires only a one-half inch incision in the back of the neck, allowing muscles to be merely separated. There is significantly less pain for the patient, thus resulting in a much shorter recovery time.
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has performed more than 500 of these innovative surgeries, and Dr. Adamson trains other surgeons all over the world in the procedure. After cervical MED was featured as a cover story in the Journal of Neurosurgery, the procedure received FDA approval. With more than 50 percent of herniated disc patients being candidates for MED, this surgery option is having a dramatic impact on patients in the Carolinas and across the country.
Delivering Spinal Expertise
When it comes to spinal expertise, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates stands on par with any private or academic group in the nation. Our neurosurgeons continue to expand the frontiers of this specialty by developing and putting the latest techniques into practice.
Many people think of neurosurgeons for brain disorders; however, our surgical education is unique in that it offers more spinal training than any other specialty, said Dr. Finger. At Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, were committed to making these innovative procedures available to patients throughout our region.
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