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Eastern Long Island Hospital Gears Up For Neurosurgery

Submitted by John Fazio, CRNA 

“What’s that?," asked the surgical tech. “That’s the Wilson frame.” Replied the OR nurse. “Looks like a medieval rack!” And truly it does. It is used to support a patient’s body during surgery on the spine. It is just one more piece of necessary equipment ELIH needs to make the debut of our neurosurgery program safe and successful.

Over the past several months the OR staff at ELIH has been reviewing and implementing the needs of our two new neurosurgeons, Dr. Raphael Davis and Dr. Robert Galler. A state of the art microscope has been added to the arsenal of special equipment needed to perform neurosurgical procedures, as well as all the specialized instrumentation. The OR Staff has made educational visits to Stony Brook University Hospital to observe specific techniques that will be used during spinal surgery.

Drs. Davis and Galler have had an office conveniently located  in Riverhead for over five years now. They will be bringing their extensive expertise and experience to ELIH to treat herniated discs, spinal stenosis, tumors of the spine and many other spinal conditions.

The new Neurosurgery Program at ELIH will be a perfect fit with the Interventional Pain Management Center headed by Dr. Frank Adipietro Jr. This will allow ELIH to provide a full spectrum of services in treating disorders of the spine.

“This was a natural progression for our hospital’, said Dr. Adipietro. “We can now offer the community two top specialists in their field, right here close to home.” ELIH remains committed to delivering high quality, easily accessible, cost effective care that is focused on returning the patient to an optimal level of function as soon as possible."

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