Conditions Treated at SPINE – Dr. Jeffrey D. Gross MD, Newport Beach & Las Vegas
Neurosurgeons are physicians specializing in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the nervous system. To practice as a neurosurgeon, a person must obtain a bachelor’s degree in pre-medical education, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) or Medical Doctor (M.D.) and work up to seven years in neurosurgery residency programs, as well as be licensed in their state(s) to practice
Disorders of the peripheral and central nervous system your Newport Beach neurosurgeon treats include:
- Tumors Affecting Nervous System Functioning
- Spine/brain infections
- Congenital Disorders
- Spina Bifida
- Spinal degenerative changes
- Spinal Stenosis
- Disc Degeneration Arthritis
When non-surgical treatments are not adequate, surgery may be required. Operations commonly performed by neurosurgeons are:
Laminectomies/Decompression–a laminectomy involves a neurosurgeon removing a portion of the spinal vertebrae (lamina) to relieve chronic pain caused by inflammation and swelling of ligaments
Anterior Cervical (Neck) Discectomies/Fusion--a neurosurgeon removes herniated discs causing pain and/or compressing/irritating on the spinal cord or cervical nerve roots by making a small incision in the neck area
Lumbar microdiscectomies–a lumber microdiscectomy removes herniated discs pressing against lower spine nerve roots. Your spine specialist in Newport Beach uses a surgical microscope to reduce the need for larger incisions.
Lumbar decompressive laminectomies/decompression–Narrowing of the spinal opening (canal) is called lumbar stenosis. A minimally invasive operation removes thickened lamina and bone encroaching into the spinal canal to remove pressure off sensitive nerves and relieve pain, numbness, tingling, and difficult walking.
Carpal tunnel release–when the median nerve running through the carpal tunnel in the wrist is compressed and causing pain, a neurosurgeon performs a carpal tunnel release operation to alleviate pressure on the nerve
Ulnar nerve decompression/transposition–chronic pain and stiffness occurs if the ulnar nerve in your arm becomes entrapped by scar tissue at or near the elbow. This type of surgery releases the ulnar nerve from scar tissue and other forms of compression by sometimes re-positioning the nerve (ulnar transposition) to the front of your elbow
What Does a Spine Specialist Do?
Neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey David Gross, has in-depth knowledge, fellowship training, and years of experience diagnosing and treating all kinds of spine injuries, diseases and disorders. A spine specialist takes a variety of approaches to treating spine problems. A conservative approach to these problems including starting with non-surgical treatments for spine-related pain and inflammation and includes chiropractic care, rehabilitation, heat/ice therapy, injections, medications and physical therapy. When conservative treatments are not effective, your Newport Beach neurosurgeon may recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure to relieve pain.
Why See a Neurosurgeon for Back Pain?
Many people suffer temporary back pain due to overuse or inappropriate use of back muscles as well as injuries or other problems. Lifting improperly or hoisting heavy items are common reasons for non-chronic back pain. However, when back pain worsens, or does not relieve itself, or you are diagnosed with a degenerative spine change as the cause of your symptoms, consider making an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey David Gross for a first or second opinion, with a complete evaluation of your central and peripheral nervous system, and musculoskeletal elements of your spine and its nerve roots, and related structures.
Neurologists may be useful for determining what is causing the pain but they cannot perform surgery to correct disorders of the spine. By seeing neurosurgeon Dr. Gross before seeing other doctors, you will have your pain generators identified and clinically diagnosed so that they can be efficiently and successfully treated without having to go through intermediary doctors.
When Should You See a Newport Beach CA or Henderson NV Neurosurgeon?
If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, consider making an appointment with Dr. Gross for a primary or second opinion to discuss all the sources of your pain and symptoms, and to understand all of the treatment options
- Worsening and/or radiating back/neck/body pain
- Inability to sit or stand without pain
- Inability to stand completely upright
- Numbness/tingling/burning sensations in your back or extremities
- Radiating pain from the spine, shoulders, or hips
- Headaches stemming from your neck.
- Head feeling too heavy for the neck.
- Inability to sleep due to pain
- Development of chronic headaches or migraines
- Lack of energy/overwhelming fatigue related to pain or other spinal/nerve symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment Today with Spine Specialist Dr. Gross
Dr. Jeffrey D. Gross, MD has two locations for your convenience in Newport Beach, CA or Henderson, NV. A leader in the field of neurosurgery, Dr. Gross frequently treats other doctors and has helped many patients with severe spinal, back and neck conditions. He also diagnoses and treats traumatic head and brain, and other nerve injuries.