Jared Brandoff, MD, Spinal Specialist at White Plains Hospital Center for Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery, couples expert surgical practice with collaborative patient care.
Q: What types of spinal surgeries do you perform at White Plains Hospital, and what techniques do you employ to provide maximum benefits to patients?
A: At White Plains Hospital, we perform surgeries to treat spinal stenosis, herniated discs and scoliosis, as well as spinal fusions and disc replacement surgery. In each of these procedures, we use the least invasive approach possible. In every surgery, it is beneficial to the patient for surgeons to maximize the amount of work they are able to do through the smallest operative window. This approach benefits the patients by limiting the amount of scar tissue from surgery and can also provide other associated benefits of minimally invasive procedures, such as a lower risk of infection, less pain and faster recovery time.
Q: At what point should physicians consider spinal surgery for their patients with back pain?
A: Initially, treatments for most spinal problems, including herniated discs or spinal stenosis, are more conservative. For our patients, we employ a comprehensive approach to back pain that may first include physical therapy, chiropractic care, oral pain or anti-inflammatory medication, or epidural cortisone injections in addition to other pain management modalities before considering surgery. However, if those methods are no longer providing relief for patients, or if their spinal condition is causing compressed nerves or other neurological problems, surgery may be the best treatment option.
Q: In your opinion, why is White Plains Hospital Center for Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery an excellent choice for patients who require spinal surgery?
A: At White Plains Hospital, there’s a team approach to care that includes specially trained orthopedic care coordinators, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists and surgeons such as myself. Each of us works closely with patients to ensure they receive the highest possible quality care for their spinal surgery needs.
The experience is patient-focused from start to finish, and nurses are our leaders in that. Our nurses are Magnet certified, which is a particularly distinctive accomplishment — fewer than 500 hospitals in the United States are designated Magnet centers by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and we are one of only a few hospitals in Westchester with this certification. Our nurses are dedicated to providing high standards of patient care throughout the facility, and that includes our spinal surgery service.
“Today, most facilities perform surgeries similarly. Whether patients go to a large city or a busy community hospital, they’re going to get the same techniques for the most part. The difference is the people. We have physicians who care, the best nursing around and a patient-focused experience from start to finish. All of this is reflected in our happy patients and our successful outcomes.”
— Jared Brandoff, MD, Spinal Specialist at White Plains Hospital Center for Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery
Q: What should referring physicians know about spinal surgical care at White Plains Hospital?
A: Referring physicians should not hesitate to contact our team if they believe their patients would benefit from surgery. Some of the happiest patients we have seen with the best outcomes, across the field, are patients who have received successful spinal surgery. We are eager to work closely with referring physicians and collaborate to find the best possible solution to their patients’ problems. Their patients will not be disappointed in the care White Plains Hospital has to offer.
For more information, visit wphospital.org/orthopedics.