Back problems affect nearly 80 percent of the American adult population. Conditions that we treat include:
Degenerative Lumbar/Cervical Disc Disease:
Cervical or lumbar pain/stenosis because of age-related degeneration. We also treat spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis.
Spinal fractures due to osteoporosis, burst fractures and fracture-dislocations that occur following motor vehicle accidents or falls from height.
Spinal deformities due to progression of adolescent scoliosis, degeneration/fractures/adjacent segment progression from previous fusion surgeries/failed scoliosis surgery.
Tumors involving the spinal canal/spinal cord (astrocytomas, hemangioblastomas, meningiomas, schwannomas, ependymomas)
Metastatic or Primary Vertebral Body Tumors:
Comprehensive management of tumors invading the spinal column which cause instability or en bloc resection of tumors if indicated. Multidisciplinary team approach involving surgical oncology, radiation oncology, plastics and neurosurgery to individualize patient care.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery:
Used for discectomies, fusions, trauma
Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty:
In select patients we offer lumbar disc replacement if indicated.
Lumbar/Cervical Disc Disease:
Radiculopathy that does not resolve with conservative management.
Other conditions that we treat include:
Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia
We strive to provide the state-of–the-art management and individualize the treatment strategy for every patient. The Spinal Neurosurgery team works closely with the multidisciplinary spine program at UNC, which includes the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program, pain management, physical therapy, clinical neuropsychology.