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 board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. John Lopez, utilizes 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 WORK WITH YOUR INSURANCE
Why leave Fairbanks when you can have your surgery here? We work with your insurance companies so you do not pay a higher out-of-pocket than they would if you left the state. You receive top-notch care utilizing the latest equipment and techniques and you get to heal at home! Your post-op visits don't require you to leave town or the state; they are all performed right here at Spine Care Specialisits of Alaska.
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.
Neuropathy from trapped nerves (carpal tunnel)
Radiculopathy from pinched nerves in the back or neck
Degenerative or traumatic spinal instability
Debilitating back and neck pain
Herniated or bulging disc