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:
Roger 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.
Eric 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.
Kai-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.
Dr. Ali Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with
advanced training and expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive
surgery for spinal deformity. He is accomplished in both minimally invasive
spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training
in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery.
Dr. 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.
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.