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Advanced Spine Surgery Solutions

At McHugh Neurosurgery on Long Island, we specialize in advanced spine surgery techniques to provide effective relief from spinal conditions. Led by Dr. Brian J. McHugh, a renowned board-certified neurosurgeon, our practice uses advanced techniques, such as minimally invasive procedures, to treat issues ranging from herniated discs and spinal stenosis to scoliosis and spinal deformities. The goal is to provide effective solutions with minimal disruption, ensuring faster recovery and optimal outcomes for those suffering from spine-related problems.

Meet Your Spine Surgery Specialist: Dr. Brian McHugh

Dr. Brian McHugh is a leading expert in robotic spinal surgery and a board-certified neurological surgeon. Specializing in the latest minimally invasive spine surgery techniques, including robotic procedures, Dr. McHugh practices on Long Island. He conducts advanced diagnostic tests to identify the underlying causes of spinal issues, develops personalized surgical plans, and utilizes his extensive skills and experience to achieve consistent and reliable outcomes.

James S.

It's been about four months since I had my L4-L5 spinal fusion with Dr. McHugh. I was in chronic pain that was affecting my daily life, the gym, work, family life, etc. I am back to work full-duty doing construction in the city, completely pain-free. I haven’t taken a single Motrin other than for a headache in four months. My co-workers and family ask me regularly how I’m feeling and I almost feel weird saying that I feel great because it’s been such a long time since I haven't been in pain like this. I’m so grateful for Dr. McHugh and so thankful that we decided to move forward with the procedure.

Nancy L.

The best of the best!!! Meticulous care, great bedside manner, easy to discuss and understand everything about treatment- highly recommend! He saved my life.

Paula C.

Everyone in this practice is so caring and helpful. They practically do everything for you. I had 3 discs replaced 4 weeks ago and I'm doing great. I'm very happy with Dr. McHugh and his staff.

Olivia M.

I had my first ever surgery with Dr. McHugh and he made me feel so calm and comfortable. His personality is great and I always enjoy seeing him. I healed so well with no issues and feel better than ever. Thank you Dr. McHugh!!!!!

Jaspreet K.

Dr. McHugh is really the BEST DOCTOR. This is the first time I am writing a review. He is very kind, compassionate, down-to-earth and genuinely cares for his patients. He was very detailed when it came to explaining what the surgery entailed. He operated on my mom who had compression fracture- her nerves were compressed and had numbness down to her leg- and now her back is straight again and all the pain and numbness is gone. Truly an amazing doctor; I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I would highly recommend Dr. McHugh if you have any back issues. Thank you again Dr. McHugh, we really appreciate everything you have done for my mom.

Fran L.

Dr. McHugh did a corrective/revision surgery in November of 2020 and I am straight again!! My nerve compression and numbness down my leg are gone. I had tears when I saw the X-rays of the amazing work he did to fix my scoliosis, truly an amazing doctor! His bedside manner is the best of the best, he is funny and down-to-earth as an added bonus! When you have a doctor who cares, checks in on you, and you can feel the genuine concern and compassion for their work and your well-being, that speaks volumes. All in all, BEST SPINE SURGEON there is!

Timothy P.

Dr. McHugh is literally the best! He fixed my back and cured my leg pain. You hear about surgeons having bad bedside manner but not Dr. McHugh. He explains everything thoroughly, he's kind, funny, down-to-earth and such an extraordinary surgeon. Honestly if you aren’t using him as your surgeon then you’re making the wrong decision. THIS GUY IS THE BEST. If I have any other issues, this will be the first stop I’ll make. Thanks again, Dr. McHugh, keep being extraordinary!!!!

Anna S.

Dr. McHugh spent a great deal of time with my daughter and I discussing her condition. I found him very professional and he pointed out possibilities that had not been discussed previously. Overall, the appointment went really well.

Jill R.

Dr. McHugh is a rare find in today’s in-and-out medical visits. Had a 40 minute appointment. He spent time showing me my x-rays. For the first time I understood what my fractures really, looked like.

Pete G.

Getting an appointment was quick and easy. The ladies I spoke with were all very professional, friendly, and helpful, whether it was a phone call or in-person visits.

Erika J.

Dr. McHugh was really clear about my situation. The people at his office are friendly and the place is very nice and clean.

Mary Ellen S.

The staff was very helpful & friendly. Dr. McHugh listened to what I had to say about my respective issues. His office then called, I made my appointments—it could not have gone any smoother than it did.


Types of Spine Surgeries We Provide:

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF)

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) is a minimally invasive spine surgery technique used to treat spinal conditions like degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, and scoliosis. This procedure involves accessing the lumbar spine from the side, which allows the surgeon to avoid major back muscles. During XLIF, a disc is removed and replaced with a bone graft or implant to stabilize the spine and promote fusion between vertebrae.

Deformity surgery

Deformity surgery addresses abnormal curvatures of the spine, such as scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis. These procedures aim to correct the alignment of the spine, improve posture, and alleviate pain or discomfort caused by the deformity. Depending on the severity and type of deformity, surgical options may include spinal fusion, osteotomy, and instrumentation with rods and screws to support and stabilize the corrected spine.

Disc replacement (Mobi-C)

Disc replacement, specifically with the Mobi-C artificial disc, treats cervical disc degeneration. Unlike traditional fusion surgery, which immobilizes the affected vertebrae, disc replacement involves removing the damaged disc and inserting an artificial one that mimics the natural motion of the spine. This helps maintain neck mobility and reduces the risk of adjacent segment disease, where wear and tear occur at levels above or below the fusion.

Endoscopic spine surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses a small camera and specialized instruments to treat various spinal conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and sciatica. The procedure involves making tiny incisions through which the endoscope and instruments are inserted. This approach minimizes muscle and tissue damage, leading to faster recovery times, less postoperative pain, and reduced risk of complications.

Microdiscectomy and

Microdiscectomy and microdecompression are minimally invasive surgeries used to relieve pressure on spinal nerves caused by herniated discs or spinal stenosis. In a microdiscectomy, the surgeon removes the portion of the herniated disc that is compressing the nerve. Microdecompression involves removing small portions of bone or ligament to create more space for the spinal cord and nerves. Both procedures are performed using a microscope and small instruments, resulting in minimal tissue damage and quicker recovery.

Minimally invasive
spine surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery encompasses techniques that aim to treat spinal conditions with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. These procedures typically involve smaller incisions, less muscle dissection, and reduced blood loss compared to open surgeries. The benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, and less postoperative pain.

Posterior spinal fusion

Posterior spinal fusion involves joining two or more vertebrae together using bone grafts, screws, and rods to stabilize the spine. This technique is commonly used to treat conditions like spinal instability, scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis. By fusing the affected vertebrae, the surgery aims to reduce pain, correct deformity, and prevent further degeneration or movement of the spinal segments.

Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion

Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion treat cervical spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. The surgery involves removing the lamina (the back part of the vertebra) to relieve pressure on the spinal cord, followed by a fusion to stabilize the spine. This approach helps reduce neck pain, numbness, and weakness caused by nerve compression.

Revision surgery

Revision surgery corrects or improves the results of a previous spine surgery that did not achieve the desired outcome or led to complications. This can involve addressing issues such as non-union (failure of the bones to fuse), hardware failure, infection, or recurrent pain. Revision spine surgery is often more complex than the initial procedure and requires careful planning and expertise to ensure a successful outcome.

Robotic spinal surgery

Robotic spinal surgery leverages advanced robotic technology to enhance the precision and accuracy of spinal procedures. Surgeons use robotic systems to plan and execute complex surgeries, such as spinal fusion and deformity correction, with greater accuracy. The robot assists in guiding instruments and implants, reducing the risk of human error and improving surgical outcomes, thus promoting faster recovery times.

Scoliosis surgery

Scoliosis surgery aims to correct the abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. The most common surgical procedure for scoliosis is spinal fusion, where the curved vertebrae are fused together using bone grafts, screws, and rods to straighten and stabilize the spine. The goal of scoliosis surgery is to reduce the spinal curvature, improve alignment, and prevent further progression of the condition, ultimately enhancing the patient’s quality of life.

Schedule your consultation

Dr. Brian McHugh is a board-certified neurosurgeon with extensive expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery, scoliosis correction, and spinal deformity treatments. If you are experiencing spinal issues, schedule your consultation with Dr. McHugh to explore personalized spine surgery options in Long Island, New York.

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