Dr. McGirt
Feb
13
Wheelchair-Bound Patient Is Now Standing Tall Again After Two Spinal Fusion Surgeries

From playing baseball at the University of Tennessee to flying fighter jets on four continents and having a 27-year career as an airline captain, Steve Wieland has led an incredible life. But by the age of 65, he found himself completely helpless. He was unable to walk and was losing function in his hands to the point that he could not feed himself. It would take timing, technology, surgical expertise and rehabilitation to give Steve a new life. 

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Dr. Jones | MAS® PLIF Provides Pain Relief With Faster Recovery | Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
Nov
01
MAS® PLIF Provides Pain Relief With Faster Recovery

Today, the use of minimally invasive techniques has expanded to include spinal fusion surgery, which is used to stabilize the spine and reduce or eliminate pain in the lower back and lower extremities. Traditionally, fusion surgery involved an open approach with longer hospital stays and months of recovery. A new minimally invasive option now utilized by our practice is MAS PLIF (Maximum Access Surgery posterior lumbar interbody fusion).

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Neelesh Nundkumar, MD, Is First Neurosurgeon In The Greensboro Area To Offer Neuroendovascular Surgery
Sep
20
Neelesh Nundkumar, MD, Is First Neurosurgeon In The Greensboro Area To Offer Neuroendovascular Surgery

Lifesaving neuroendovascular treatment is now available in Greensboro with the addition of fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Neelesh Nundkumar, MD. He is the first and only neurosurgeon in the Greensboro area to offer minimally invasive endovascular treatment for neurovascular disorders.

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Trips with BlessBack | Caring in Nicaragua | Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
Apr
12
A Mission Of Caring To Nicaragua

The physicians and staff of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates continue to reach out around the world to provide much needed medical care to developing countries. Most recently, physiatrist John Welshofer, MD, and Evelyn Chakarji, CMA, traveled to Nicaragua with a mission trip coordinated by BlessBack Worldwide.

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Patient Is Four Inches Taller After Two-Part Spine Surgery
03.21.2014

Sarah Arnder didn’t realize she had scoliosis when she first went to see neurosurgeon Kevin Cahill, MD, and orthopaedic spine surgeon Samuel Chewning, MD, at the Concord office of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. The 62-year-old retired nurse was using a cane because she had difficulty standing. Over the last three years her spine had begun to turn and push her forward so that her stance was always unstable. Sarah also suffered from disabling back and leg pain. 

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Woman playing soccer | Sports Concussions | Neurosurgeons Discuss Concussions
Oct
20
Concussion Testing Vital For All Sports

Sports concussions have become a fixture in the headlines, with a greater emphasis being placed on injury prevention for athletes at all levels. While football is a major focus, athletes in many other sports remain at risk of concussion. "Although football accounts for the majority of concussions in this community, girls soccer, and cheerleading cause a surprising number of concussions," said David Wiercisiewski, MD, a Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation specialist at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates and director of the Carolina Sports Concussion Program. 

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Doctor and patient in recovery | Providing Care in the Dominican Republic
Sep
14
Making A Difference In The Dominican Republic

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates neurosurgeon Scott McLanahan, MD, led the Charlotte-based World Pediatric Project neurosurgery team to the Dominican Republic for their sixth annual mission trip in September.

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Dr. Wait and patient | 5 Year Old Boy with Rare Brain Condition
Mar
29
A Five-Year-Old Must Travel From Tennessee to Find the Expertise to Treat His Rare Brain Condition

From the time he was 12 months old, young Caleb Johnson suffered from intractable epilepsy due to a hypothalamic hamartoma. His condition resulted in recurring daily seizures, with more than a dozen seizures occurring some days. Hypothalamic hamartoma is an extremely rare growth in the brain. It is so rare that most neurosurgeons will never encounter the condition in their entire careers. The seizures severely impacted Caleb's development and personality.

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