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The Spine Institute at Lutheran Medical Center
The Spine Institute at Lutheran Medical Center offers patients total care for spinal conditions. Simple advice,minimally invasive solutions (surgical procedure using a small incision), pain management, as well as injections and surgical intervention are available. For neck pain, back pain or neurologic (brain and nervous system) symptoms such as numbness, weakness or sciatica (a type of lower back or leg pain), we provide full evaluations to find the best treatment program.

Most patients feel better after minor treatments, but if you need more personalized help we also offer surgical and pain management procedures, including the use of spinal injections.

In most cases when surgery is needed we use minimally invasive technology and techniques. We work with you to create a treatment plan, whether you need to decompress nerves (change the pressure of nerves) in the spinal column, laser spine surgery or large scale reconstruction (rebuilding) of a spinal deformity, including the correction of spinal curvature, lessening spondylolisthesis (displacement of bone), spinal fusion (reconnecting spine) or cervical disk replacement.

Our skilled surgeons are experts in:

  • Microscopic diskectomy and endoscopic diskectomy with laser technology
  • Cervical decompressions and complex reconstruction, including cervical diskectomy and cervical disk replacement
  • Interspinous stabilization device for spinal stenosis
  • Large scale correction of scoliosis and other deformity, including revision surgery and revision fusion
  • Spinal fusion for disk disease
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis or spinal instability, with sciatica or radiation into the arms or legs
  • Injuries of the spine, from whiplash to spinal fractures with spinal cord injury
  • Spine Tumor Care

For more information call:

Lutheran HealthCare Medical Arts Pavilion
8714 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances are accepted. If you do not have insurance, the amount you pay will be determined on a sliding fee scale which is a discounted rate based on how much money you make or do not make.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Laser Spine Surgery?
Laser Spine Surgery is a type of surgery that is performed using minimally invasive spine technology. Incisions are small and tissue damage is lessened during the procedure. In some cases an electronic probe is used to burn tissue and kill nerves in the disk rather than an actual laser. This probe is used during Endoscopic Diskectomy procedures.

What is Spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis is when one vertebrae (bone) slips on top of the other in the spine, so the bones are not sitting on top of one another correctly. If you have Spondylolisthesis, the vertebrae slipping stresses the tissue (muscles) next to them. This causes inflammation, pain, deformity and more stresses on the tissue. Stress on the tissue can lead to arthritis or degeneration (weakening) of the spine. In the long term the bone can stabilize (strengthen) or it can continue to slip more. If you have Spondylolisthesis the best treatments are exercise and possibly fusion surgery (to join parts) if the condition gets worse.

What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal and spaces, which can cause the pinching of nerves and spinal cord. If you have sciatica, claudication (numbness, weakness and pain in the arms or legs that causes difficulty walking), balance problems, bowel and bladder problems, injections may help you and surgery can make more space for the nerves.

Our Team of Experts

Michael Gerling, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic and spine surgeon. He specializes in using minimally invasive techniques to treat degenerative and disk-related diseases of the spine, as well as other conditions. Dr. Gerling conducted his medical training at the University of California, San Diego. He did his internship and residency at Ochsner Health Systems in New Orleans and his fellowship at Case Western University, where he was trained by the well-known spine surgeon Henry Bohlman, M.D. He joined Lutheran Medical Center in April 2009. "Lutheran is very patient-care oriented," he says. "And the fact that the orthopedics department was rated
number one in Brooklyn by HealthGrades for the third year in a row speaks for itself." To schedule
an appointment with Dr. Gerling, call 718-270-2045.  Also, visit his web site at

William Wirchansky, M.D., is a skilled neurosurgeon who joined Lutheran in October 2009. Dr. Wirchansky earned his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency in the Department of Neurosurgery at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Wirchansky treats such conditions as brain tumors, aneurysms and head and spine trauma, among others. "I enjoy the overall collegial atmosphere among the medical staff at Lutheran and feel privileged to serve the diverse patient population," says Dr. Wirchansky. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wirchansky,
call 718-234-2729.



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