Summer/Fall 2017
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From Paralysis To Promise

Quick response, neurosurgical expertise and the promise from a doctor to a patient helped Dean Otto recover from paralysis. He's now raising money for others with spinal cord injuries and just ran a half marathon with his neurosurgeon. Read article and watch video

Groundbreaking Care For Children Across The Southeast
Our Pediatric Neurosurgery Team Becomes Largest In The Carolinas With The Addition Of Sarah Jernigan, MD, MPH

For decades, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has been committed to making a difference for infants and children in need of brain and spine care. Our pediatric neurosurgery team delivers advanced treatment of conditions such as vascular malformations, spasticity, brain tumors, spine disorders, hydrocephalus, epilepsy and more. Read more

Making A Difference For Children In The
Dominican Republic For Nearly A Decade

A pediatric neurosurgery team from Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates recently completed its 13th mission trip in nine years to the Dominican Republic. Read more

Physical Therapy Allows Teen With Recurrent
Radiculopathy To Return To Sports
Practice Case Report Published In the Journal Of Athletic Enhancement

The case illustrates how a high level adolescent athlete can recover from spondylolysis with a neurological deficit, and successfully return to noncontact sports without surgery. Read more

Past Articles

Spring 2017

After 20 Years, Neck Surgery Created At Our Practice Has Helped Thousands Of Patients
Practice Neurosurgeon Who Developed Cervical Microendoscopic Discectomy Recounts Origin Of This Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

In 1997, neurosurgeon Tim Adamson, MD, of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates developed cervical microendoscopic discectomy (MED), an outpatient procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve caused by a herniated cervical disc. We mark the 20th anniversary of cervical MED by recounting the origin of this procedure that has made a dramatic difference in the quality of life for thousands of patients. Read article and watch video

Changing The Way Skull Base Disorders Are Treated With Minimally Invasive Surgery

Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates is dedicated to continually implementing minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques for both brain and spine surgery. These procedures result in less trauma and decreased recovery time for patients, and usually require much smaller incisions. Read article

Save The Date For The 2017 Back On Track 5K
Sept. 30th, 2017

We hope you will make plans to join us for the third annual Back On Track 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, September 30, 2017. We appreciate the enthusiasm and support of everyone who has joined us for past events. Last year we raised $14,247 for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Read article

Victor Is Victorious
Assessment, Imaging and Surgery Within 24 Hours Saves Patient From Eventual Paralysis

Victor was gradually losing the use of his hands. This was impacting his life and his livelihood as a barber. When he woke one morning and was unable to walk, Victor turned to our practice for help. Read article and watch video

Clinical Trial Update
Neuro-Spinal Scaffold May Improve Condition Of Patients With Complete Paralysis

Six of 11 patients enrolled in the clinical study of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold have had an AIS upgrade in their spinal cord injury. Neurosurgeon Dom Coric, MD, of our practice is a co-principal investigator for this study. Read article

Fall 2016

Treating Unruptured Aneurysms Can Be An Overnight Success
Patients Return Home The Next Day And Avoid Craniotomy With Pipeline Embolization Device

It's not often that dental implants lead to discovery of an aneurysm, but that’s exactlywhat happened to Beth Quinn. After implant surgery in 2010, Beth experienced excruciating pain in her jaw. Over the next two years she tried pain medication and even underwent root canals to find relief. In 2012, a head CT uncovered something unexpected - an unruptured aneurysm.

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Champion Charles
Young Patient Survives & Thrives After Arteriovenous Malformation Rupture

When her son, Charles, woke up and could not feel his left side, Margaret pictured her family changing forever. As a nurse, she knew her son’s condition was serious, and called 911. Three years later, Charles is living a full life, from pitching in a Little League game at Cooperstown to playing violin at Merlefest. Best of all, he is able to enjoy and share each day with his family. Read more and watch a video

Stroke Prevention: Inside And Out
Minimally Invasive And Open Approaches Can Restore Blood Flow And Reduce The Risk Of Stroke

More than 795,000 people in the United States will suffer a stroke this year. Of those, an estimated 85% will have an ischemic stroke, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked due to a narrowing of the carotid arteries (carotid artery stenosis) or an artery inside the brain (intracranial stenosis). This blockage could be caused by plaque or a malformation.Minimally invasive, endovascular and traditional open surgery techniques are often used to open blocked or narrowed arteries in an effort to prevent strokes. Read more

Innovation And Experience Performing Cerebrovascular Procedures

The treatment of blood vessel disorders, such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and stroke, has seen many advancements over recent decades. At Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, this progress not only includes pioneering less invasive endovascular techniques, but also improving upon traditional open surgery for cerebrovascular disorders. Read more and watch video

Summer 2016

Shaping The Future Of Brain Tumor Care
Dr. Anthony Asher Co-Leads Brain Tumor Research Featured In The Journal of the American Medical Association

An international brain tumor research study co-authored by Anthony Asher, MD, FACS, of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates was selected for publication in the July 26, 2016, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This cancer study ultimately showed that whole brain radiation therapy, a common treatment for patients with brain metastases (i.e., cancer that has spread to the brain), caused significant memory and information processing problems in patients without improving survival rates.
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Neurosurgeon Benjamin Ditty, MD, Joins Our Greensboro Office

Benjamin Ditty, MD, is the latest neurosurgeon to join our Greensboro office. He specializes in general adult neurosurgery, cerebrovascular surgery, brain tumors, adult spinal deformity and degenerative spinal disease. Read more and watch a video

Patricia Considers Us A Breed Apart
Patient Sought Second Opinion After Being Told Surgery Was Her Only Option

For three years, Patricia suffered from intense pain in her leg. She could barely walk, and had to give up her hobby of participating in show dog competitions. Using the Graston Technique, our physical therapy department used stainless steel instruments to place pressure on areas of chronic inflammation to break up scar tissue and fascial restrictions. Read more

Expanding Care Across The Region
Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeons Join Our Concord And Huntersville Offices

Neurosurgeons Byron Branch, MD, Andrew Healy, MD, and Christopher Holland, MD, PhD, offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders and injuries. Read more and watch videos of the doctors.

The Back On Track 5K Returns Sept. 24th
Proceeds To Benefit Ronald McDonald House

After the success of our first Back On Track 5K Walk/Run, we can't wait for this year's event on September 24th in Charlotte. Proceeds from the 2016 5K will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Read more

Dom Coric, MD, Appointed To The Board Of The International Society For The Advancement Of Spine Surgery

Practice neurosurgeon Dom Coric, MD, was named to the board of directors for the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS). Read more

Spring 2016

artificial disc patient
Artificial Disc Leads To Real-Life Success
Spine surgery that preserves motion helps patient live her dream of becoming a certified fitness instructor

Busy working mom Michelle Carter was always on the go. That is, until pain in her shoulder started limiting her activities. She came to Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates looking for relief. Not only did she return to her regular lifestyle, she became even more active by becoming a certified fitness, Zumba and kickboxing instructor.
Read more and watch video

Improving Care By Measuring
Patient Outcomes

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates is dedicated to the measurement and analysis of patient outcomes on both a local and national level. Our practice led the creation of the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD), a national registry that tracks the quality of surgical care for the most common neurosurgical procedures. Read more & watch video

physical therapy patient

A Physical Therapy Triumph
Wendy Went From Back Injury To Triathlon In Just 72 Hours

It was the day before Wendy was scheduled to leave town to compete in the Beach To Battleship half Iron Man triathlon in Wilmington. She made the mistake of trying to lift a lawn mower into a van by herself and injured her back.

"I thought there was no chance of competing in the triathlon that Saturday," said Wendy. Read more

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Our Multi-Position, Open MRI
Offers A Better Diagnostic View And Greater Comfort For Patients

In 2010, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates introduced the first and only multiposition, open MRI to the Charlotte region. This innovative MRI allows us to scan patients sitting, standing, bending, lying down or in other positions not previously possible with MRI imaging. For some patients, our multi-position, open MRI is also more accurate in diagnosing disorders and injuries of the brain and spine. Read more

Comprehensive Care That Goes Beyond Surgery
Diagnostic And Nonsurgical Services Augment Surgical Expertise

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates is committed to providing comprehensive brain and spine care. This means that in addition to offering the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures, we pursue innovation in diagnostic and nonsurgical treatment. Following is a brief summary of these services. Read more

Fall 2015/Winter 2016

Improving Recovery With Physical Therapy
Specialized Therapies Available At Five Locations

For the past decade, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has offered on-site physical therapy. Having these services within our practice has proven to have a resounding impact on overall patient care. Our experienced team of licensed physical therapists works closely with our neurosurgeons and physiatrists to develop treatment plans, review patient progress and share insight for optimal patient care. Read more

Patient Success With Radiofrequency Ablation
Nonsurgical Relief For Cervical And Lumbar Pain

At Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, our goal is to provide relief for patients while avoiding surgery when possible. One of the effective nonsurgical treatments for cervical and lumbar pain that we offer is radiofrequency ablation. Read more

Dr. Jerry Petty Honored At 75th Anniversary Event

At our 75th Anniversary celebration in September, our practice recognized Jerry Petty, MD, with our Distinguished Lifetime Service Award. Since 1968, Dr. Petty has been a cornerstone of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates and continues to make a positive impact for our patients every day. Read more

Spinal Research Takes A Step Forward With Our Back On Track 5K

The inaugural Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates Back On Track 5K Run/Walk was held in October. Read more


Paralyzed Patient Recovers To Run Half-Marathon With His Neurosurgeon

Pediatric Neurosurgery Team Continues To Grow

Making A Difference For Children In The Dominican Republic

Published Case Report Shows How Teen Returned To Sports Using Physical Therapy

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