Dr. Peter Angevine, fromThe Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York, recently spoke at the 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in San Francisco.
He was a panelist at a breakfast seminar on the Management of Adult Scoliosis. “Although scoliosis has traditionally been treated mainly by orthopedic [bone and joint] surgeons,” says Dr. Angevine, “more neurological surgeons have been gaining experience and expertise in the field.”
Neurosurgeons are particularly well equipped to deal with malformations of the spine like scoliosis because of their intimate knowledge of the spinal cord and nerve branches therein. These structures are delicate and require the utmost of care to ensure the best possible outcome when surgically manipulating the bones and joints of the spine.
Dr. Angevine has a unique perspective on this as he has training in the surgical management of complex spinal disorders (such as scoliosis) from both a neurosurgical and orthopedic perspective. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in this country to have completed the prestigious spine fellowship at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.