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Spine Surgery

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery. Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include:

  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Tumors
  • Conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and scoliosis
  • Bone changes that come with age, such as spinal stenosis and herniated disks

Patients in need of spine surgery often have one of these procedures:

  • Diskectomy -- surgery to remove all or part of your disk
  • Foraminotomy -- surgery to widen the opening in your back where nerve roots leave your spinal column
  • Laminectomy -- surgery to remove the lamina, two small bones that make up a vertebra, or bone spurs in your back, to take pressure off your spinal nerves or spinal column
  • Spinal fusion -- the fusing of two bones together in your back to correct problems in your spine

Learn more about our Spine Program.

Your Spine Team

Dr. Hassan Chahadeh

Dr. Hassan Chahadeh

Dr. Hassan Chahadeh received his medical degree at Damascus University in Syria. He studied general surgery and anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to the general residencies, Dr. Chahadeh also achieved certifications in advanced microsurgery and cardiovascular anesthesia. Upon completion of his residencies, he pursued a fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is Board Certified in anesthesiology with added qualifications in pain management.

Dr. Stephen Esses

Dr. Stephen Esses

Dr. Stephen Esses earned an M.S. and his M.D. from the University of Toronto Ontario, Canada. After finishing his orthopedic residency, Dr. Esses completed two years of fellowship training in spinal surgery, including one year at Harvard University in Boston, MA, six months at Chiba University in Japan, and six months as a McLaughlin Fellow in Europe. Dr. Esses is an internationally recognized expert in the field of spinal disorders who has developed several new surgical techniques and implants. He has lectured extensively throughout the world on spinal conditions and their treatment.

Dr. Mohamed Beck

Dr. Mohamed Beck

Dr. Mohamed Beck received his medical degree from Damascus University in Syria. He served his internship at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit and his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr Beck is Board Certified in Neurosurgery where he has practiced in Texas since 1978. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and American Board of Spine Surgery. He is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons, and member of the Texas Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and American College of Spine Surgery.

Dr. Jack Chapman

Dr. Jack Chapman

Dr. Jack Chapman graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine where he studied under the tutelage of Chancellor Michael E. De- Bakey, M.D. After completing a transitional internship in Surgery and Medicine at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas, he completed a three year residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Board Certificated by the American Board of Anesthesiology, he has practiced acute and chronic pain management for over twenty years.

Dr. R. Alan Moore

Dr. R. Alan Moore

Dr. R. Alan Moore is a Baylor College of Medicine graduate and a board-certified anesthesiologist with a certificate of additional qualification in pain management. He completed his Residency in Anesthesiology and his Fellowship in Pain Management. Dr. Moore is a member of The American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Pain Management, and American Pain Society.

Dr. Henry Small

Dr. Henry Small

Dr. Henry Small is board certified, specializing in Orthopaedic Surgery with expertise in several areas. He graduated from top rated Baylor College of Medicine and completed his Residency and Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Small has 22 years of practice in the field and is highly regarded by his patients with a patient rating of 4 out of 4 stars. He has won a number of awards, including Patients’ Choice Award 2011, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors™ 2012, 2007 Surgeon of the Year by Tissue Link and the Joseph Barnhart Award for Outstanding Orthopedic Resident.

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