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The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from disorders of the spine and spinal cord. Our team of clinical professionals responds to individual patient needs by providing innovative non-operative & operative treatments.

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Neurofibromatosis – What and How, a Columbia University Medical Center Neurosurgeon’s Take

May. 17, 2018


Neurofibromatosis is a disease many people have never heard of. This tumor-causing disorder impacts people from a very young age, often from birth, and leads to problems such as pain, disfigurement and disability that last a lifetime. That’s why the Children’s Tumor Foundation has named May 17th Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day. Take a moment to learn about this disease, so you too can spread the word and help find a cure.

What is neurofibromatosis?
Neurofibromatosis, or NF for short, is a disorder that causes the growth of neurofibromas. These non-cancerous, or benign, tumors, called neurofibromas, grow from cells that surround and support nerves, so they can grow pretty much anywhere in the body. NF can cause symptoms that vary widely from person to person, but in general they have to do with the location of the tumor growth. According to Dr. Christopher Mandigo of the Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York, “Tumors can grow and cause compression. External compression of the nervous system can cause dysfunction.” Rarely, one of these benign tumors becomes cancerous and creates another set of issues for the patient.

There are three distinct types of NF, and each type has characteristics that distinguish it from the others.

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When It Comes to Cervical Spine Surgery, Kids Get Special Treatment

May. 11, 2018


Mentorship and Service at AANS 2018

Apr. 30, 2018


Recent Patient Stories

Lucky is the Man with the Titanium Cage in his Spine

Apr. 13, 2018

Be careful when Snowmobile jumping to prevent a broken back

You don’t usually call a man “lucky” after he wipes out on a snowmobile, breaks bones, and has to be medevaced to the nearest trauma center. You do, however, when you realize just how close he came to severing his spinal cord.  Dr. Michael G. Kaiser from The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York was this man’s surgeon and here is the story of how his spinal cord was saved.

At the time of the accident, the man was a fit and healthy 65-year-old at the beginning of an enjoyable retirement filled with travel and outdoor adventure. Continue Reading →

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“I Stand Corrected”: Davarn Wright’s Story of Spinal Stenosis

Mar. 2, 2018


‘No Pain Whatsoever’: Dr. McCormick’s Patient Steve Found Just the Right Doctor

Feb. 2, 2018

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