Advanced, Surgical, and Nonsurgical Solutions for Back, Neck, and Spine

The spine team of EmergeOrtho’s Coastal Region includes highly skilled, experienced surgeons and interventional pain management specialists who offer a full range of surgical and nonsurgical solutions for patients dealing with back, neck and spine conditions.

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Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeons
Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Pain Management Specialists
Convenient Locations Serving Back, Neck and Spine Patients
Years of Orthopedic Expertise in the Region

At EmergeOrtho, we treat:

1 Neck Pain, Upper and Lower Back Pain, Chronic Back Pain
2 Sciatica, Herniated (or Ruptured) Disc, Slipped Vertebrae (Spondylolisthesis)
3 Spinal Instability, Spine and Neck Fractures, Scoliosis
4 Nervous System Disorders
5 Sacroiliac Disorders
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Why Choose EmergeOrtho?

Our Team of Specialists Offers Advanced Care with a Compassionate Touch

Finding a highly qualified and experienced orthopedic surgeon is one of the most important measures you can take to ensure successful treatment and long-term relief for back and neck issues.

At EmergeOrtho Coastal Region, each of our spine specialists is board certified with decades of experience, which the National Institutes of Health cites as being associated with lower morbidity and mortality, shorter hospital stays, less readmission, and lower hospital costs.

In most cases, treatment begins with a conservative approach, using nonsurgical solutions first and moving to surgery only if those do not provide relief from pain and/or improvement in mobility.

Our comprehensive treatment plans include physical therapy, pain management services, electrodiagnostic testing with EMGs and NCVs, and advanced spinal imaging with in-house digital X-ray and accredited MRI services.


Understanding Back Pain

The spine is made up of 33 bones divided into five sections: cervical (the top seven vertebrae in the neck), thoracic (the next 12 in the upper and middle back), lumbar (the five of the lower back), and the sacrum and coccyx (also called the tailbone, which are actually nine bones that have fused together.)

Between the vertebrae that make up the spinal column are soft discs that keep these stacked bones from rubbing together. The tough outer layer (called the annulus fibrosus) is filled with a soft, jelly-like inner material (called the nucleus pulposus) that acts like a cushion between the bones.

Either through injury, or just through the normal wear and tear of aging, discs can herniate, or bulge through the outer layer and press on nerves in the spinal canal. The resulting pain often radiates down the limbs— to the arm if the cervical spine in impacted, and down the leg if the issue is in the lumbar region. Leg pain that originates from the lower back is often referred to as sciatica.

For residents of southeastern North Carolina, there is a great deal of comfort in knowing that such highly credentialed and experienced spine surgeons and pain management specialists and advanced facilities are available right here in our region.

When should you see a doctor for back or neck pain?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, 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
  • Tingling or weakness in the legs or arms
  • Dexterity problems
  • Weakness that is concentrated in one area of the arm or leg

Any of those apply to you?

Unlike many other orthopedic conditions, neck and spine problems may get worse if treatment is delayed. With that in mind, patients experiencing back or neck pain are encouraged to pursue treatment immediately to prevent further issues.

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EmergeOrtho providers perform the following procedures and treatments:

  • Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Discectomy/ Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Decompression
  • Percutaneous Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Hemilanimotomy/ Foraminotony
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion: PLIF, TLIF
  • Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Percutaneous Posterior Lumbar Pedicle Screw Instrumentation
  • Percutaneous Lumbar Facet Screw Instrumentation
  • Anterior Lumbar Fusion: ALIF, XLIF/DLIF, AxiaLIF
  • Kyphoplasty/ Vertebroplasty for Fracture Treatment
  • Colflex Procedures (less invasive treatment for lumbar stenosis)
  • Lumbar Total Disc Replacement (Artificial Disc Replacement)
  • Numerous FDA Clinical Trials of minimally invasive, motion-preserving technology
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF)
  • Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy & Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy & Fusion
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion Procedure
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Total Disc Replacement (Artificial Disc Replacement)
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Scoliosis Correction
  • Spinal Pain Management

Is spine surgery available on an outpatient basis?

For previous generations, having spine surgery meant staying in the hospital for days, if not weeks. Today, many spine surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis— with patients in, out, and back home the same day.

In EmergeOrtho’s Coastal Region, the most common outpatient spine surgeries are:

  • Microdiscectomy (or Disc Decompression)
  • Cervical Fusions
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation

Outpatient spine surgery has become increasingly common as new approaches to spine surgeries have been developed over the past decades that are far less invasive. Surgeons today may use a small incision and a sequence of dilating instruments to gently move muscles and fascia out of the way, allowing them to address the problem area and close the incision while leaving most tissues intact. By avoiding cutting through back muscles, surgeons can maintain the integrity of the patient’s support system.

These newer, less invasive options are widely available in southeastern North Carolina. EmergeOrtho is known for delivering orthopedic care that not only meets, it often exceeds, the level of care available nationwide.

Regional Outpatient Surgery Options

EmergeOrtho surgeons perform hundreds of outpatient spine surgeries a year, both at Novant- New Hanover Regional Medical Center and at ambulatory surgery centers, such Brunswick Surgery Center. While both are considered excellent options, there is a nationwide trend toward ambulatory surgery centers.

Among the benefits of outpatient surgery centers:

  • Scheduling is easier and more certain because the procedure won’t get bumped for an emergency case.
  • The smaller, dedicated setting often means it’s more comfortable and less stressful for the patient.
  • Costs are significantly lower with almost all insurers. Because highly specialized facilities have much less overhead as compared to full-service hospitals, they can provide services at a lower price.

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