Nothing is more personal than the impact that change in mobility has on one’s life, but there is reason for hope. Dr. Smith is a top board-certified surgeon in his field who specializes in cutting-edge treatments of degenerative spinal conditions, traumas and complex deformity reconstruction.
Known for his optimism and positive outcomes, he is admired among his peers for his knowledge, extensive expertise, and his commitment to compassion for his patients. More than a doctor, he is a true ally for his patient’s spinal health journey — and an advocate for a patient-first approach.
Motion preservation refers to surgical methods that can be used in place of conventional spinal fusion. The goal of these methods is to preserve the natural movement of the spine in the impacted area. One of the main goals of treatment is to preserve range of motion or maintain normal, or near to normal motion. Patients with spine disorders that require surgery first go through a physical exam, then other imaging techniques are applied such as electromyography (EMG), X-ray, MRI scan, CT scan, as well as various blood and bone density tests. A patient’s disease condition (and severity) will influence the treatment recommendation, but Dr. Jeremy Smith’s goal is to provide patients with a well-informed set of options.
Technology has come a long way. Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) now allows doctors to use a variety of new techniques, instruments, and sometimes even robotic assistance, to perform procedures that create less damage to the body than traditional, “open,” surgeries. MIS also allows for speedier recovery times and improved outcomes for the patient’s healing process. We always aim for surgery as a last option at Dr. Jeremy Smith, MD, and when it is selected as the best treatment option, our focus is to keep the procedure as non-invasive as possible. The goal of minimally invasive surgery is generally focused around relieving pain and stiffness, while supporting the patient to remain as active as possible throughout their recovery time.
The spine provides stability to the upper portion of the body, and several spinal conditions, some of which are an exaggerated curvature to the spine, can cause deformities. Some spine deformity conditions are scoliosis, lordosis, and kyphosis. These excessive or abnormal curvatures of the spine can make the spine less stable. Oftentimes these conditions can be treated conservatively; however, other times, surgery is needed.
There are many other types of treatments available for less common conditions. Something as simple as proper walking requires the coordination of many systems within the body, including the ability to have balance, sensory function, reflexes, and motor function. Any one of these elements can be impaired, but there are treatments available to improve each component. Your best option may be surgical or non-surgical. Our goal is to provide the best option for optimal rehabilitation and healing.