Spinal Surgeon in Upper East Side

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed


Contact Information

525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (646) 862-7009

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Cervical Radiculopathy

A diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy begins with a complete history and physical examination. The doctor evaluates the neck, shoulder, arm and hands to check for weakness, loss of sensation, or a change in reflexes. Additional tests may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis, to rule out other possible disorders, to help determine the source of the problem, as well as to assess muscle and nerve activity.

The initial treatment for cervical radiculopathy is conservative. Non- surgical medical management can include medication, physical therapy, and/or pain blocking injections. If pain and impairment persist or worsen, Dr. Kai-Ming Fu may recommend surgery. The goal of surgery is to alleviate the impingement of the affected nerve.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Many degenerative disk disease patients respond well to non-surgical treatments. Medications, occupational and/or physical therapy, a supportive corset or brace, injections of steroids and local anesthetic, as well as emerging new therapies may manage symptoms and limit further damage. However, when conservative treatments do not provide relief, surgery may be recommended. Surgeries used for patients with degenerative disk disease can include such procedures as spinal fusion to provide stability, a decompression surgery to alleviate nerve impingement, or artificial disk replacement.


Dr. Kai-Ming Fu will discuss which type of discectomy procedure best addresses the needs of the case. In some situations additional procedures may be performed to further relieve pressure and to provide stability.

Disc Replacement

Disc replacement is the substitution of an artificial disc for an unhealthy intervertebral one. It is performed to alleviate the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, which occurs when the discs wear out from the effects of long-term stress and strain on the spine due to aging or as a result of injury. An artificial disc is designed to imitate the functions of a healthy disc by allowing spine to maintain its natural mobility.

Herniated Disc

When conservative treatment does not relieve the symptoms, or if they have worsened, surgery may be recommended. Dr. Kai-Ming Fu will discuss the appropriate surgical procedures to remove the offending portion of the herniated disc based on the individual situation and the condition of the spine around the affected disc.

Laminectomy/Laminotomy Surgery

A surgical procedure known as a laminectomy may be recommended when conservative therapy has failed to provide relief, when symptoms interfere with daily life, or if the spinal cord is at risk of permanent injury. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pressure on the nerve roots and the spinal cord, as well as to help the surgeon gain better access for treating other spinal damage, such as a herniated disc or bone spurs.

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure to permanently join two or more vertebrae in the spine. The connected vertebrae fuse together to form a one solid bone and immobilize that segment of the spine.

Spinal fusion may be indicated to reduce significant pain and symptoms that have not responded to non-surgical treatment, to improve spine stability, or correct a significant spinal deformity.

Spondylolisthesis Surgery

Spondylolisthesis is a condition that occurs when one vertebra in the spinal column slides over the one below it. Damage to the bone or joints in a vertebra can cause this slippage. When the vertebra moves out of position, the spinal cord or nerve roots may be pinched causing symptoms of pain and other neurological dysfunction. Spondylolisthesis can also lead to deformities of the spine such as lordosis or kyphosis.