Most patients that are seen by a spine surgeon are better treated with nonoperative options rather than with spine surgery. These options include activity modification, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and interventional pain procedures, such as epidural and facet injections.
Patients who are considered for surgical intervention typically have symptoms that persist after nonoperative management and have findings of significant spinal stenosis (narrowing of the space around the spinal cord and nerve roots) or other problems on their magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans or other imaging studies. For many, the symptoms interfere with work, family and their ability to be productive and active.
For the right patients with particular findings on their MRI studies, minimally invasive options allow spine surgeons to take care of the problem and get patients back to their activities more rapidly than with conventional surgical procedures.
Suburban Hospital’s spine surgeons utilize their clinical expertise to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from a spinal injury, deformity and/or pain. They are:
|Ira Fisch, M.D.||OrthoBethesda||301-530-1010|
|Michael Goldsmith, M.D.||Summit Orthopedics||301-657-9876|
|Jeff Jacobson, M.D.||Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery||301-896-6069|
|A. Jay Khanna, M.D.||Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery||301-530-3220|
|David Lin, M.D.||Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery||301-896-6069|
|Navin Sethi, M.D.||OrthoBethesda||301-530-1010|
|Quoc-Anh Thai, M.D., FAANS, FACS||Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery||301-896-6069|
Common problems that our team of specialists treats include:
- Cervical stenosis and disc herniations
- Lumbar stenosis and disc herniations
- Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
- Scoliosis and kyphosis
- Spine trauma (fracture)
- Spine tumors
Spinal Stenosis can cause pain, numbness and/or weakness in the arms and legs. It often occurs due to age-related degeneration of the spine in middle-aged to older people and due to herniated discs in younger patients. However, spinal stenosis can also result from injuries such as fractures, congenital (from birth) conditions, infections and tumors. Learn more and see what real patients have to say in this New Directions article. You can view video simulations of their procedures here:
- Transforaminal Lumber Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
- Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
- Orthopaedic & spine surgery
Get more information about numerous disorders of the spine and their treatment.
Ask the Expert: Spinal Stenosis
Other Helpful Links
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Know Your Back
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Spine and Neck
- North American Spine Society
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