WHAT IS NEUROSURGERY?
Neurosurgery is the discipline of medicine and specialty of surgery that provides operative and non-operative management (i.e. critical care, prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation) of disorders of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their supporting structures and vascular supply; the evaluation and treatment of pathological processes that modify the function or activity of the nervous system, including the hypophysis; and the operative and non-operative management of pain.
WHAT IS A NEUROSURGEON?
Neurosurgeons treat diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and their coverings, including the skull and the spine, when those diseases may require surgery. Although surgery is an important part of what neurosurgeons do, they are also experts in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of these diseases.
Doctors must take a minimum of six years of residency training (one of general surgery and five of neurosurgery) to become eligible to take the final examination of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and become board certified in neurosurgery.
Many neurosurgeons take additional subspecialty training after residency to gain expertise in a particular area of neurosurgical practice. It is not unusual for a neurosurgeon to take seven to ten years of training after medical school before entering neurosurgical practice.the nervous system.
TREATMENTS & TECHNIQUES
VERTEBRAL MOTION ANALYSIS (VMA) NEUROSURGICAL SYMPTOM IMAGING
CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE
Here at Spine Care Specialists Of Alaska our accredited neurosurgeons, Dr. Paul Jensen and Dr. John Lopez, utilize minimally invasive surgery techniques including artificial disc replacement, as well as reconstructive fusion surgery. We also treat widespread peripheral nerve conditions and offer endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
Our mission at Spine Care Specialists of Alaska is to provide each patient with compassionate care and to render an individual assessment and treatment plan that affords patients improved quality of life both at work and in pursuit of the many activities Alaska has to offer.
We hope that we can welcome you soon in our clinic to provide you with our excellent service.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE MICROSURGERY
A procedure where surgeons use specialized instruments to access the spine through small incisions
ARTIFICIAL DISC REPLACEMENT
CERVICAL DISC REPLACEMENT
POSTERIOR SPINAL DECOMPRESSIONS AND FUSIONS
SPINAL TUMORS INCLUDING SPINAL CORD TUMORS
ANTERIOR CERVICAL AND LUMBAR DISCECTOMY AND FUSION
ULNAR NERVE RELEASE
We are proud to bring the best Diagnostic Imaging options and Technology to Fairbanks, AK and our patients. Introducing our newest piece of equipment the Orthokinetic VMA
The VMA is the most advanced spinal imaging platform in the nation and is used to assess instability through spinal motion and is now available at Spine Care Specialists of Alaska.
When discs slip or pain occurs it is usually while in motion. This is a safe way to capture a "video" of your spine while moving through a series of controlled motions.