Welcome to my blog, Spinal(con)Fusion. My name is J. Alex Thomas, M.D. I am a practicing neurosurgeon in Wilmington, North Carolina at Atlantic Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists. I perform the typical mix of cranial and spinal neurosurgery although I specialize in advanced minimally-invasive techniques in spinal surgery. My goal with this blog is to provide patients with a clear, concise description of neurosurgical and spinal conditions and procedures. The information found here should not be viewed as a neurosurgical reference like a textbook or a medical journal. Rather, I hope to be able to explain various aspects of neurosurgery to you in a way that is easy for the non-medical person to understand. In some cases I may interject my opinion on certain aspects of neurosurgical care (and perhaps life in general). Be aware that these interjections reflect my opinion and may not reflect the opinion of other neurosurgical practitioners. My opinions should not be interpreted as medical recommendations. For more information please read my legal disclaimer.
At the very least I hope this blog will be educational and maybe even entertaining. It may also allow you to make more informed decisions about neurosurgical care for you or your loved one. Please check the blog frequently for the latest installment of Spinal(con)Fusion.