Dr. Michael Madsen brings a wide range of knowledge and practice in the field of spinal navigation, as well as a refined set of skills to patients requiring spinal surgery solutions. He has completed two spinal surgery fellowships: the John Moe fellowship in Minnesota and one with world-renowned surgeon Jurgen Harms in Germany. In Denver, where he started his career, Dr. Madsen served as a spinal consultant to the Broncos and Rockies sports teams. He brings this combination of experience to EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region patients while being trained in the latest spinal navigation technology.

Who Benefits Most From Spinal Surgery?

Back, neck, and spinal issues can keep patients from enjoying a robust quality of life. Finding a highly qualified orthopedic physician is one of the most important measures you can take to ensure successful treatment and long-term relief. EmergeOrtho specialists like Dr. Madsen are board-certified and have completed advanced training in orthopedic issues of the back, spine, and neck.

If any of the following symptoms apply to you, please contact us to schedule an appointment:

  • Pain in the back, leg, or foot that feels worse when standing or walking
  • Pain after lifting heavy objects
  • Radiating pain from the neck to the arm/hand or from the back to the leg/foot
  • Weakness in the arms
  • Tingling or weakness in the legs or arms
  • Dexterity problems
  • Weakness that is concentrated in one area of the arm or leg

The good news is that a majority of back issues can be relieved with non-surgical or conservative treatments. When the exact source of pain or dysfunction can be identified, spine surgery becomes an option.

When conservative, non-surgical options are exhausted, it may be time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Madsen, whose experience using advances in spinal navigation technology makes the prospect of spine surgery less daunting.

How Spinal Navigation Technology Brings Precision To Spine Surgery

The latest technological innovations in spinal navigation make it possible for our surgeons to offer minimally invasive surgical options whenever possible. Many of these procedures involve smaller incisions while still accomplishing the same goals as traditional, large-incision surgery. There are several benefits to minimally invasive surgery, such as:

  • Faster recovery
  • Lower risk of complication
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Ability to have many procedures as an outpatient

Advances in navigation-assisted spine surgery allow our surgeons to access real-time, three-dimensional, and virtual images of the spine in relation to the surgical instruments intraoperatively. This enables surgeons to precisely track instrument positions and then project the instrument position onto the preoperative imaging data. In this way, spinal navigation technologies are often compared to GPS tracking.

Dr. Madsen employs the use of O-arm™ technology. The O-arm™ system provides enhanced 3D visibility and surgical feedback. It also:

  • Provides current patient data in the OR
  • Enables advanced surgical approaches like MIS
  • Provides additional information in challenging procedures, like heavier patients or patients with unusual anatomy
  • Uses automatic registration to keep the process simple

The O-arm™ system also offers options for workflow efficiencies, such as:

  • In procedures where pre-op axial/coronal/sagittal slice data is necessary, it may be possible to use the O-arm™ system to provide the initial data set
  • Eliminating the need to send patients to be scanned in radiology

Providing Advanced Solutions & Better Outcomes

Like many other orthopedic conditions, neck and spine problems may get worse if you delay treatment. If you are experiencing back or neck pain, we encourage you to pursue treatment immediately to prevent further issues.

No two patients are exactly the same, and Dr. Madsen will be able to tailor your surgery to your specific problem while utilizing the most high-quality spinal navigation technology.

EmergeOrtho is dedicated to providing superior, compassionate care for those with back, neck, and spine pain. Our comprehensive treatment plans include physical therapy (from our own physical therapy department), pain management services, electrodiagnostic testing with EMGs and NCVs, and advanced spinal imaging with in-house digital X-ray and MRI services.

To learn more about options for spine surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Michael Madsen or, call us at 919-220-5255.