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MRI Reviews and Second Opinions

For those back and neck pain sufferers who have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options including those who have undergone failed spine surgery, spine surgery may be the next step in resolving a spine problem. Because spine surgery is a serious decision, it is a good idea to obtain a second opinion.

A second opinion can provide you the following benefits:

  • Determine if you have considered all possible treatment options and if there are any other nonsurgical options that can relieve symptoms without the need for surgery.

  • If spine surgery is necessary, what type of spine surgery should be performed? You may not need a complex fusion procedure that was initially recommended.

  • Are you a candidate for new artificial disc technology that would provide a better outcome?

  • Do you qualify for minimally invasive spine surgery in day surgery? This may allow you to be home later that same afternoon, for a faster recovery and return to activity.

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Dr. Assina, Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurosurgeon

Dr. Rachid Assina is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon, who is also Fellowship-Trained in Spine Surgery. Within his NJ spine center practice, he specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. ++++++++  

Dr. Assina specializes in the treatment of neck and back pain using the newest evidence-based methods.  Dr. Assina's primary goal is to provide the highest-quality care to his patients in the least invasive manner so they may return to their functional lives as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Given his extensive training, Dr. Assina is able to truly tailor a patient’s treatment plan to his or her individual needs and goals.  Whereas spine surgery used to require a lengthy stay in the hospital, many of Dr. Assina's patients are able to go home on the day of their surgeries.  Dr. Assina performs spinal injections, endoscopic discectomies, kyphoplasties, minimally-invasive fusion techniques, motion-preserving procedures including disc replacement procedures, revision spine surgical procedures, and complex reconstructive spinal surgeries as well as >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

About Fellowship Training

In addition to being a Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Assina is also Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery.

A fellowship-trained spine surgeon means that the orthopedic spine surgeon or spine neurosurgeon completed an additional year of training specifically in their specialty, performing highly complex spine surgeries in a regional spine center. 

These ortho spine surgeons and neuro spine surgeons become proficient in spinal cord surgery; nerve decompression; spinal fusions; minimally invasive surgery techniques using tubular retractors the size of ballpoint pens; and the most advanced artificial disc replacement in the lumbar and cervical spine


For a free MRI Review or a second opinion please call the Neurospine Institute for more information.

973-970-2686 Office

973-907-5968 Fax

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