Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty that provides expert care of the nervous system, including the spine, brain and peripheral nerves. At Stamford Health Medical Group, we combine advanced brain and spine surgery with compassionate, personalized care and an evidence-based approach. Our two board-certified neurosurgeons, Dr. Andrea Douglas, MD, FACS, and Dr. C. Cory Rosenstein, MD, DABNS, manage a wide spectrum of brain and spine disorders and remain committed to offering the best modern methods, including minimally invasive options.

Dr. Douglas’s expertise lies within minimally invasive spinal decompression and fusion techniques for degenerative, scoliotic, traumatic, and neoplastic spinal disorders. Dr. Rosenstein has particular expertise in microsurgical techniques and minimally invasive surgery. Both doctors advocate an evidence-based approach to neurosurgery, meaning your individual needs and specific condition are carefully and thoroughly reviewed no matter the course of treatment.

The disorders and conditions our team specializes in include:

  • Back pain
  • Brain tumors
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical radiculopathy 
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar scoliosis 
  • Chiari malformation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (TLIF, DLIF, XLIF)
  • Neck pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine tumors
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

We offer a variety of treatment options for neurological disorders:

Cervical Spine:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy 
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion 
  • Foraminotomy 
  • Cervical Laminectomy 
  • Corpectomy 

Lower Back:

  • Lumbar Laminectomy 
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion 
  • Spinal Fusion 
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion 

Other Surgical Specialties and Advanced Technologies We Offer:

  • Craniotomy for brain tumors 
  • Intraoperative Stereotaxis 
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Decompression 
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement for chronic pain
  • Stealth/Stryker Navigation 
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Linac and Cyberknife 
  • VP shunting for hydrocephalus

 A brief overview of the spine:
The spine is one of the most important parts of your body, supporting your trunks and making it possible to move. The anatomy of the spine serves in:

  • Balance
  • Movement
  • Shock absorption
  • Spinal cord protection
  • Upright posture

Together, the spinal column and vertebrae protect your spinal cord, which provides communication to your brain, mobility, and sensation in your body. All of this is achieved through your back’s muscle structure and complex interaction of bones, ligaments, and surrounding nerves. When your spine is injured and its function is impaired, you could face painful and even disabling consequences.

Treatment options:

Before we determine whether surgery is right for your particular situation, it’s important for you to first understand all of your options. Doctors Douglas and Rosenstein are always prepared to take you through the following:

Exercise techniques to help:

  • Stabilize the spine
  • Strengthen core muscles
  • Improve mobilization and flexibility along with physical therapists or physiatrists

Managing pain by way of:

  • Massage, heat, or electrical stimulation
  • Consulting with pain management specialists

Minimally invasive neurosurgery:
If surgery is the best course of option, we’ll discuss minimally invasive approaches with you. Some of the highlights and benefits of minimally invasive neurosurgery are:

  • Small incisions and access ports just 18 mm wide
  • Minimized damage to structures supporting the spine, like bones and ligaments, and muscles 
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Shortened hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Remember, we’ll decide together if surgery is the best course of action for you only after all other options are exhausted.

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