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What is Neurosurgery?
Neurosurgery is surgery focused on treating the central nervous system, peripheral nervous systems and spinal column diseases amenable to surgical intervention.

Neurosurgery conditions include primarily brain, spinal cord, vertebral column and peripheral nervous system disorders.

As one of the most research-oriented specialties in medicine, the scope of neurosurgery has expanded as new diagnostic techniques allow surgeons to perform more complicated surgeries. Advances in microsurgery, computer assisted imaging, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), position emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and the development of stereotactic surgery have benefited Neurosurgery.

Meet the doctors


Gerardo Zavala, II, M.D.

Dr. Zavala brings specialized experience in diagnosing and treating disorders of the spine and peripheral nerves.

Dr. Zavala specializes in:
• Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Interbody Fusion (ACDF)
• Posterior Cervical Fusion
• Artificial Disk Replacement
• Laminectomy
• Complex Revision and Deformity
• Minimally Invasive Decompression and Fusion
• Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
• Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF) 


Ladislau Albert, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Albert received specialized training in spinal surgery, with focuses in degenerative spinal stenosis and herniated disc repair. In addition, he is well versed with a wide range of both cranial and spinal neurosurgical conditions. Dr. Albert is a cum laude graduate of New York University with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience. He completed his medical school training at the State University of New York Downstate-Health Science Center of Brooklyn, and is a member of both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.



Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Interbody Fusion (ACDF)
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Interbody Fusion with instrumentation is one of the most efficacious procedures that are performed to treat cervical pathologies.

Posterior Cervical Fusion
Posterior Cervical Fusions utilizes contemporary fixation techniques for the occipitocervical and upper thoracic spine with the advent of multiaxial screws, laminar hooks, and lateral connector attachments to a longitudinal rod.

Artificial Disk Replacement
Cervical disc arthroplasty is intended to preserve the motion segment, reduce return to work time, and reduce reoperations due to pseudoarthrosis.

Laminectomy is a spine operation to remove the portion of the vertebral bone called the lamina for the treatment of severe spinal stenosis by relieving pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.

Complex Revision and Deformity
Surgical Treatment of Fixed, Unbalanced Adult Spinal Deformities.

Minimally Invasive Decompression and Fusion
Minimally invasive decompression and fusion techniques cause less damage to muscles and skin with smaller scars versus open surgery. They also shorter length of hospital stay and decreased blood loss.

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Surgical technique to stabilize the spinal vertebra and the disc or shock absorber between the vertebra. Lumbar fusion surgery is designed to create solid bone between the adjoining vertebra, eliminating any movement between the bones. The goal of the surgery is to reduce pain and nerve irritation.
Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF)
The Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion utilizes integrated image-guided products and neural monitoring tools to help shorten surgical and recovery time and return patients more quickly to normal, active lives. The DLIF procedure delivers accurate, minimally invasive transpsoas access to the lumbar spine to address degenerative, deformity and adjacent level pathologies.