Neurosurgery Specialist

Ortho One Jacksonville

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Jacksonville, FL

Neurosurgery is a medical specialization that focuses on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Fady Bahri, MD, George Bahri, DO, and Stefan Pribil, MD, provide exceptional services for men, women, and young people at Ortho One Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Pribil is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who helps patients that have neck and back pain by using both noninvasive and surgical approaches and is trained in the latest minimally invasive procedures, including robot-assisted technologies. To learn more, call Ortho One Jacksonville today or request an appointment online.

Neurosurgery Q & A

What is neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery is a medical specialty that focuses on treating conditions that affect your central nervous system (CNS), which encompasses your brain and spinal cord, and the nerves around your body (peripheral nerves).

If you’re in a position where brain or spinal cord surgery is your best treatment option, then choosing a neurosurgeon like Dr. Pribil, who has the necessary expertise and experience, is vital. 

How does neurosurgery help with spine deformities?

A spine deformity is an abnormal curvature in the spine, which could be a sideways curve as with scoliosis or a front-to-back curve as with kyphosis and Scheuermann’s disease. These conditions sometimes cause pain if the deformity puts pressure on the nerves in your spinal canal.

Dr. Pribil can perform surgery that straightens your spine enough to relieve the pressure. This could involve inserting bone grafts, rods, screws, bars, or wires to straighten the spine, and then fusing the vertebrae to hold them in place.

How does neurosurgery help with revision spine surgery?

Revision spine surgery might be necessary if you’ve had surgery for a back problem but are still experiencing pain and other symptoms. Occasionally implants like plates and screws can cause problems if they’re not in precisely the right position, or the tissues don’t heal properly around them.

Dr. Pribil can remove, replace, or reposition implants that are pressing on the nerves in your spine to relieve pressure and pain. He might also extend spinal fusion for additional stability.

How does neurosurgery help with spine fractures?

Injuries to the vertebrae tend to cause compression fractures, where the front of the vertebra collapses, creating a wedge shape. Vertebrae can also burst, so bone fragments penetrate surrounding tissues. The bone-weakening disease osteoporosis is the most common cause of spine fractures.

Dr. Pribil can treat fractured vertebrae using vertebroplasty, which involves filling the vertebra with bone cement. He can also use kyphoplasty, which involves restoring height to the vertebra using a bone tamp before filling it with cement.

How does neurosurgery help with spine tumors?

Most spinal tumors are treatable without you needing surgery. However, if your tumor isn’t responding to radiation therapy, or there’s compression or instability in your spine, surgery might be the best choice. 

Dr. Pribil can perform either a posterolateral or en bloc resection to remove primary tumors before reinforcing your spine. If the tumor has spread beyond your spine (metastasized), Dr. Pribil can relieve the pressure with spinal cord decompression surgery. This creates space for nerve roots and also makes it easier to receive high-dose radiation. 

Another option is spinal instrumentation, where Dr. Pribil attaches rods and screws to your spine, redistributing stress and helping to align your bones. 

Neurosurgery is a medical specialty that requires exceptional skills. Call Ortho One Jacksonville to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pribil today, or you can request an appointment online.