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The Neurosurgical Spine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital focuses on nervous system-related problems of the entire spine from the neck to the lower back, including recurring pain, nerve compression syndromes, herniated intervertebral discs and spinal cord compression syndromes.
Patients may come to the Neurosurgical Spine Service for a consultation or a second opinion or for all of their treatments.
At our Spine Evaluation Center patients are seen by our Physiatrist or a Senior Neurosurgeons where they receive detailed diagnosis and treatment evaluation. When surgery is necessary, they are referred to the operating neurosurgeons.
Our multidisciplinary team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and therapists.
All are specially trained to treat spinal disorders including:
Staffed by experienced, senior neurosurgeons, the Spine Evaluation Center works with patients to diagnose their condition and determine the most appropriate treatment.
In many cases, we recommend conservative, non-surgical treatments. If surgery is necessary, patients are referred to a Mass General neurosurgeon from the Neurosurgical Spine Service.
The center also provides outpatient consultations and evaluations for routine or complicated spinal disc syndromes, as well as undiagnosed neurological conditions related to the spine. Patients can request:
Working together in the Brian D. Silber Spine Tumor Clinic, our neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, radiation oncologists and neuro-oncologists diagnose and treat the full range of spine tumors, including vertebral hemangiomas, schwannomas (neuromas), neurofibromas, gliomas (astrocytoma, olgiodendroglioma, ependymoma, and ganglioglioma) chordomas, and spinal chondrosarcomas.
Spine neurosurgeons at Mass General are part of the Spine Tumor Clinic, which supports research into the causes of spine and spinal cord tumors, and sponsors education and support programs for spine tumor patients and their families.
Proton beam therapy is a highly advanced form of radiosurgery that targets spinal tumors and lesions outside the cranium. This technique minimizes damage to the nervous system and spares nearby cells and tissue from the radiation.
There are fewer than three dozen Proton Beam Therapy programs in the world. The Mass General Proton Beam Unit was founded in 1962 and has more experience with stereotactic radiosurgery than any other center in the United States.
Mass General surgeons performed the first total limb replant, the first discectomy for a herniated intervertebral disc and the first successful stabilization of atlantoaxial instability of the cervical spine.
Our doctors were also the first to demonstrate that herniated lumbar discs are not tumors, leading to new and dramatically better treatments.
Today, the physicians of the Neurological Spine Service are co-leading multicenter research trials that aim to identify which procedures have the best long-term outcomes for specific issues. New studies are introduced regularly, giving patients opportunities to participate in emerging treatment programs and experimental therapies.
A Chiari malformation is a congenital defect in the area of the back of the head where the brain and spinal cord connect.
Spina bifida, also called myelodysplasia, is a condition in which there is abnormal development of the back bones, spinal cord, surrounding nerves, and the fluid-filled sac that surrounds the spinal cord.
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is due to a traumatic injury that can either result in a bruise (also called a contusion), a partial tear, or a complete tear (called a transection) in the spinal cord.
Radiosurgery has shifted the paradigm of treating patients by minimizing the morbidity of conventional surgery and, focusing on tumor control.
Neurosurgical Spine Service
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 745
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