Spondylolisthesis

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Doctors Who Treat Spondylolisthesis

Primary care physicians are often the first to treat spondylolisthesis; however, it is important to be evaluated at an advanced spine center as soon as possible, since early and expert intervention can keep the condition from getting worse.

The spine team at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center — expert spine surgeons along with their team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and pain management specialists — provide comprehensive, integrated care for patients with spondylolisthesis/slipped discs and many other conditions of the spine. Patients receive a complete continuum of care, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. We generally begin with nonsurgical, non-invasive options to treat spondylolisthesis/slipped disc (see Diagnosing and Treating Spondylolisthesis). For patients who do need surgery, we offer the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment. Patients recover faster, have less pain, and get back to their normal daily activities sooner than they could with older surgical methods.

Our surgical faculty includes some of the very best world-renowned specialists:

Dr. Roger HartlRoger Härtl, M.D., named as one of the top 50 spine surgeons in the United States, is Co-director of the Weill Cornell Spine Center and Director of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. He’s also the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Dr. Härtl's clinical and research expertise is in simple and complex spine surgery, neurotrauma, and neurocritical care medicine. Dr. Härtl believes that surgery for slipped disks should be a part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and he works very closely with other specialists in a team effort to achieve the best outcome for his patients. (Read more about Dr. Härtl.)

Dr. Eric ElowitzEric Elowitz, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery. Routinely named to national lists of top doctors, Dr. Elowitz is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care with individual attention to each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Elowitz has developed a special expertise in new XLIF (lateral-access) procedures. (Read more about Dr. Elowitz.)

Dr. Kai-Ming FuKai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D., obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical and graduate training in the MD/PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fu specializes in minimal access surgery as well as having advanced training in reconstructive, deformity, and oncological spine surgery. (Read more about Dr. Fu.)

Dr. Samuel C. KimDr. Samuel C. Kim is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in practice for 10 years. Dr. Kim has expertise in complex spinal surgery, brain tumors, peripheral nerve surgery, and vascular diseases of the brain and spine — including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid occlusion, and stroke. He sees patients at our Lower Manhattan office. (Read more about Dr. Kim.)

At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, patients with spondylolisthesis also may be seen by:

Physiatrists: These rehabilitation physicians specialize in treating injuries or illnesses that affect movement.  Dr. Jeffrey Radecki, who co-directs the Weill Cornell spine   team with Dr. Roger Härtl, is a nationally known specialist in spine disorders who manages non-surgical approaches to back pain, including the pain of spondylolisthesis/slipped disc.

Pain Management Specialists: Advanced pain management techniques allow many patients to avoid surgery altogether. Our specialists work with patients to develop an individual treatment plan that can get them back to their daily lives, without pain and without surgery. Pain management specialists can also help patients recover more quickly, or with less pain, after surgery.

Physical Therapists: These specialists have expertise in a wide range of non-surgical techniques to help prevent or overcome pain and build strength to help prevent future injuries. A physical therapist may work with a patient as an alternative to surgery, or after surgery to help rebuild strength.

The spine surgeons at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center are fortunate to be part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital team.The 2013-14 "America's Best Hospitals" ranking in US News and World Report placed NewYork-Presbyterian as the #1 hospital in New York, and our Neurology and Neurosurgery program ranks as the #1 program in New York (and #3 nationwide). Together, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center team is the best choice for your back.

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Reviewed by: Eric Elowitz, MD
Last reviewed/last updated: December 2012