Coastal Health Group’s neurosurgery group is at the highest level of the injury care continuum. Possibly no other practice area is so impacted by the individual physician’s skill and experience.
The neurosurgery practice is led by Dr. Gerald Molloy. Dr. Molloy focuses in spine surgery with special emphasis on interbody reconstruction complex spine and trauma. He is nationally recognized for successful outcomes using minimally invasive spinal procedures. His specialty includes fusions, endoscopic and laser spine surgery.
Dr. Molloy’s extensive training affords patients local access to world class care and cutting-edge procedures and techniques. Supporting Dr. Molloy is a complementary team of specialists and providers.
These procedures are now widely accepted. With wide adoption comes many physicians new to and with little practical experience in the specialty. Dr. Molloy’s skill is well documented over many years and successful outcomes.
Minimally invasive procedures often negate the need for more extensive surgeries. These surgeries also work to preserve muscle, tendons, and tissue.
Recovery time is drastically reduced when compared to other more extensive surgeries and procedures.
Spinal conditions can result from injury, trauma, and overuse of the muscle and soft tissues of the neck and back. Spinal conditions may also include conditions not addressed or made worse by other surgery or therapy.
Chronic pain presents as persistent, ongoing discomfort.
Dr. Molloy’s Level 1 and Level II trauma training provides Coastal Health Group patients exceptional care at the critical first stage. Enjoying hospital privileges across South Florida, Dr. Molloy addresses the acute injury. Working with your care team, he leads development of the long-term recovery and rehabilitation plan.
Revision spine surgery applies corrective measures when a prior spine surgery has failed. It can also be necessitated by the need to address an issue in the same area of the body. These surgeries are complex, bring an elevated level of risk and should only be performed by a surgeon and care team experienced with similar surgeries.
Prior disc surgery, previous attempted fusions, fractures, fusion adjacent level issues, and pain caused by spinal hardware are common causes. Neurological deficits are among possible symptoms that include pain, weakness, numbness, and sciatica. Like revision spine surgery, these surgeries are complex, bring an elevated level of risk, and should only be performed by a surgeon and care team experienced with similar surgeries.
Herniated discs occur when the center part of the intervertebral disc ruptures through the outer wall of the disc structure. The rupture pressures nerves, causing pain and numbness. “Traveling pain” and numbness in the buttock and down the leg are often-cited symptoms.
Spinal stenosis results from narrowing of the spinal canal that compromises the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Back, leg, and arm pain; sciatic nerve pain; numbness; weakness; balance problems; flexed forward posture; and difficulty walking distances are common symptoms.
Degenerative disc disease occurs as a natural byproduct of our aging process. With symptoms that include prolonged back pain, bouts of acute pain, pain at sitting for long stretches, bending, lifting, and twisting, degenerative disc disease can occur in any area of the spine.
More severe symptoms can originate from potentially more serious conditions that require immediate attention.