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Neuromuscular/Spine Center

Phone (718) 670-2903 

The diagnosis of neuromuscular and spine disorders is a highly technical process. Suja Johnkutty, M.D. and Reza Zarnegar, D.O., who are fellowship trained in neuromuscular disease, conduct sophisticated testing, including EMG (electromyography), to establish a diagnosis and offer recommendations for treatment options. Dr. Johnkutty also specializes in the treatment of headaches and is board-certified in headache medicine. She is a part of the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

 
 
    Suja JohnKutty, M.D.     Reza Zanegar, D.O

The Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery at NYHQ, under the direction of Jaime H. Nieto, M.D., offers a full range of services to evaluate, diagnose, and treat spine and back problems, including low back and leg pain, and herniated discs. Life-threatening traumatic spine injury and tumors are also treated. The goal for each patient is to maximize function, minimize suffering, and improve quality of life.

Surgery is only performed after conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and pain management, have been tried. Whenever possible, minimally invasive procedures are used as these can lead to faster recovery time and less disruption in patients’ lives.

The neuro-surgical facilities at NYHQ utilize advanced technology including 3D intra-operative X-Ray and intra-operative spinal and cranial navigation providing immediate feedback during surgical interventions. Dr. Reza Zarnegar is fellowship trained in intra-operative monitoring and provides real-time expert consultation in the operating room for complex cases.

Neurosurgery is also done on an emergency basis, usually as a result of a car or other type of traumatic accident. Traumatic injury patients are in very good hands here as NYHQ is a Level 1 trauma center. The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation has full-time trauma specialists who work with the neurosurgeons as needed.

 
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