Category: Spine Surgery

Facts About Spinal Fusion You May Not Know

Just like many medical procedures, hearing the term “spinal fusion” can immediately cause concern and fear in someone due to the unknown.  Instead of taking time to Google horror stories and cause your brain to create all sorts of scenarios, we’ve compiled a few fast facts about spinal fusion that may help ease your mind.

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OrthoNY Welcomes New Physician

Dr. Tom Jackson joins the Schenectady team

(ALBANY, NY) – OrthoNY is pleased to welcome Dr. Tom Jackson to the spine and back team as a pain management specialist. He has started seeing patients at the practice’s Schenectady and Latham locations.

Dr. Jackson received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Temple University Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty certifications in pain medicine and sports medicine, and is also board-certified in electrodiagnostic medicine.

Since 2011, Dr. Jackson has practiced pain management at Carolinas Healthcare System, serving as a faculty member in addition to providing patient care. His prior medical experience includes East Greenwich Spine and Sport in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and Tri-State Pain Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Jackson to our pain management team,” said Alan Okun, CEO. “He joins the eight physicians currently Saving Lifestyles in Schenectady, and 29 other physicians, with a team of 21 physician assistants and nurse practitioners, providing care at 11 locations from Albany to the Adirondacks.”

“Dr. Jackson will perform procedures in our new pain management suite, conveniently located within the Schenectady office at 530 Liberty Street. We are pleased to offer this specialized care to the community there. Patients in pain shouldn’t have to travel far to ease their discomfort. We strive to be right where they live, work and play.”

Appointments with Dr. Jackson may be scheduled by phone, (518)489-2663, online at, or through the OrthoNY appointment app.

OrthoNY was formed by the merger of Northeast Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga on January 1, 2013. Your bone and joint experts are committed to Saving Lifestyles through whole orthopaedic care in Albany, Clifton Park, Delmar, East Greenbush, Glens Falls, Latham, Malta, Saratoga Springs and Schenectady. For more information, visit

Dr. Montgomery to Chair Spine Course in Saratoga

Dr. William Montgomery , fellowship-trained spine surgeon from OrthoNY, will be the chairman of a minimally invasive spine (MIS) course on August 1, 2014 in Saratoga Springs.  The program entitled, “Foundational Techniques in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Regional Meeting” is being presented to spine surgeons from throughout the northeast.  This hands-on course will offer participants an opportunity to learn and explore a variety of minimally invasive spinal techniques.

Didactic content and cadaveric workshops will focus on the management of spinal pathologies using Stryker technologies.  Participants will learn how to evaluate MIS techniques including MIS decompression and TLIF.  They will also discuss the management of possible complications arising during and after surgery and many other important topics.

Dr. Montgomery is a partner of OrthoNY and has been with the practice since 2008. He sees patients in our Malta, Clifton Park, and Albany Offices.  For an appointment call 518-489-2663 (BONE).

OrthoNY Physician Certified to Implant New Artificial Spinal Disc

(ALBANY, NY) – William Montgomery, MD, a surgeon on the OrthoNY spine team, is among the first in the Northeast to be certified for placement of the new Mobi-C®, an artificial disc that can be implanted at two adjacent levels of the neck. The device, which can also be used for single-level disc replacement, was approved by the FDA in August and studied in a large multicenter clinical trial, with results published in the November 2013 Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Unlike spinal fusion, the standard procedure for many patients who have degenerative disease that affects two adjacent damaged discs, Mobi-C® implantation doesn’t just relieve pain. It also allows for a good postoperative range of neck motion and is less likely than fusion to cause degeneration of surrounding discs.

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