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Fall 2016
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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





Past Articles

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.
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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




upright MRI

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

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