Neurosurgical Spine Service

Neurosurgical Spine Service

The Neurosurgery Spine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers surgical treatment options for the entire spectrum of complex spinal disorders, treating the most challenging cases in the world.
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Contact a Clinical Access Nurse: 617-726-2937

Overview

Access to Specialized Spine Surgeons

Neurosurgery Spine surgeons at Mass General perform surgeries on the full range of degenerative, traumatic, oncologic, vascular and congenital conditions of the spine. Our spine surgeons are technically versatile in all aspects of decompression surgery as well as reconstruction of the spine.

Each surgeon in our program has an area of specific subspecialization, focus and interest within spine surgery. This includes nerve and spinal cord compression syndromes, peripheral nerve entrapment, intradural spine and nerve sheath tumors, tumors affecting the spinal column and scoliotic deformities of the spine.

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Surgery at Mass General: What to Expect from Our Surgical Team

What to Expect

Patient Process

Prior to Your Visit
Our goal is to treat every patient with personalized care. Helping us understand your situation before your first visit helps us ensure that we can provide you with personalized care for your unique situation.

Know Your Insurance Provider
Learn about your insurance coverage and limits, and bring your insurance cards and referrals to your visits. Depending on your treatment, you may need additional authorizations or referrals during the course of your care. Our financial counselors are available at (617) 726-2192 to help answer any questions, and you can visit massgeneral.org/notices/billing/insurance.aspx to see a list of insurance policies we accept.

Send Your Imaging
We ask that you mail us a CD of all of your recent spine scans. This may include MRI, CT and X-ray imaging. Reviewing your scans before your first visit helps us determine the best course of action for your treatment and ensures that you see the most appropriate specialist.

Please mail your scans to:

Clinical Access Nurse
Massachusetts General Hospital
Neurosurgical Spine Service
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 745
15 Parkman Street Boston, MA 02114

Your First Visit
In most cases, your first visit will be a consultation with one of our neurosurgeons to discuss your condition and to review surgical options. We encourage you to bring friends and family to these consultations as a good support system can go a long way in helping manage the psychological, emotional and physical challenges of going through spine surgery.

You may also be introduced to a nurse practitioner (NP) who is an integral member of your team The NP will partner with you for the duration of the process, from the consultation all the way through recovery and the post-operative visits.

Post-Operative Visit
When you have spine surgery with one our surgeons at Mass General, we will schedule a series of post-operative appointments with your doctor and NP. During these visits, we will examine your progress and provide guidance for your recovery. Your surgical team will provide you with detailed instructions to help you make the most of your recovery. This includes help with managing your pain and making recommendations for physical therapy.

FAQ

What is the wait time between an initial phone call and an appointment?
The waiting time can be up to six weeks, but this changes depending on the severity and urgency of your condition.

Where do I mail my scans before my appointment?
Neurosurgical Spine Service
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 745
15 Parkman Street Boston, MA 02114

What kind of insurance do you accept?
You can view the full list of all accepted insurances at massgeneral.org/notices/billing/insurance.aspx

 

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Conditions and Procedures

We are a collaborative and comprehensive team of world-renowned surgeons, researchers, nurse practitioners, and staff, all with deep expertise across the vast spectrum of neurosurgical spinal conditions, from common to complex.

We specialize in the care of spinal deformities and tumors and personalize our approach for each patient. We work with colleagues across multiple departments at Mass General to ensure you get the right care you need to help you return to the life you love.

Spinal Deformities

Below is a list of the most common spinal deformities we treat:

  • Acute spinal cord injury
  • Basilar invagination
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical radiculopahy
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Chiari malformation
  • Chin-on-chest deformity
  • Craniocervical instability
  • Flat back deformity
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal arteriovenous malformations
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Thoracic disc herniation
  • Traumatic fractures of the spine

Spinal Tumors

Spinal tumors grow in a patient’s spinal canal or the bones of the spine. A spinal tumor is usually a very serious diagnosis that can require hospitalization. The first symptom a patient with spinal tumors will experience is usually pain. If the pain only occurs when a patient moves, this could be a sign that the tumor is causing instability in the bones of the spine.

While the cause of spinal tumors is something we do not know at this time, certain immune disorders and genetic conditions can increase one’s likeliness of developing a spinal tumor.

Below is a list of the most common spinal tumors we treat:

  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Giant cell tumor
  • Metastatic spinal tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Spinal cord astrocytoma
  • Spinal cord ependymoma
  • Spinal hemangioblastoma
  • Spinal meningioma
  • Spinal schwannoma

 

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Our Team

The Neurosurgical Spine service is a collaborative and comprehensive program of the Department of Neurosurgery. We are a team of world-renowned surgeons, researchers, nurse practitioners, and staff, all with deep expertise across the vast spectrum of neurosurgical spinal conditions, from common to complex.

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Contact

Neurosurgical Spine Service
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
745 15 Parkman Street Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-2937

Fax: 617-724-3484

  •  Near Public Transit
  •  Handicapped Accessible

 

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Contact a Clinical Access Nurse: 617-726-2937

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