Complex Spine Surgery Specialist

David Chang, MD-PhD, DABNS

Complex Spine Neurosurgeon located in Roseville, MN

Your spine is a delicate body part, and any procedure that involves your spine requires great skill and care. With complex spine surgery, your operation may be extensive or lengthy. Complex spine neurosurgeon David Chang, MD-PhD, DABNS, in Roseville, Minnesota, specializes in complex spine surgery. He uses advanced surgical tools and techniques to ensure the best outcomes. For expert care from an experienced spine neurosurgeon, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Complex Spine Surgery Q&A

What is complex spine surgery?

A complex spine surgery refers to spine procedures requiring special skills, involving multiple vertebrae, or needing many hours to perform. Types of complex spine surgery include:

  • Spinal deformities like scoliosis
  • Revision spine surgery
  • Spine surgery that involves three or more vertebral levels

Not all spine surgeons can perform complex spine surgery. Dr. Chang specializes in complex spine surgery and has extensive experience, especially in failed spine surgery and adult spinal deformities. 

Who needs complex spine surgery?

Dr. Chang determines who needs complex spine surgery after a comprehensive history and physical. 

During your consultation, Dr. Chang asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical and surgical history and performs a physical exam. 

He also has you undergo diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or an MRI to better understand your condition and determine the best treatment plan.

If you need complex spine surgery, Dr. Chang may recommend lifestyle changes before your procedure to ensure you get the best possible outcomes. These may include maintaining or getting to a healthy weight, smoking cessation, and modifying your home to make it easier for you to get around during your recovery.

Complex spine surgery requires a lengthy recovery and taking steps to improve your health before surgery may prevent unnecessary setbacks.  

How is complex spine surgery performed?

There’s no single tool or technique that Dr. Chang uses to perform complex spine surgery.

He customizes your surgical plan based on your diagnosis and reviews the details of your procedure at your pre-surgery consultation.

When possible, he uses minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to reduce incision size, scarring, pain, and recovery. 

After your procedure, you may need to spend a few days in the hospital.

What can I expect after complex spine surgery?

Your recovery following complex spine surgery may depend on many factors, including the type of procedures performed, your diagnosis, and your overall health. However, Dr. Chang encourages you to be patient with yourself and your progress.

Dr. Chang sends you to physical therapy to support your recovery, reduce pain, and help you regain spine function and mobility. He also schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

Complex spine surgery is a serious procedure that requires a skilled surgeon. For expert spine care, call the office of David Chang, MD-PhD, DABNS, or schedule an appointment online today.