The ultimate goal is restoration of function, quality of life and pain relief. When spine surgery is needed there are a variety of options using the newest technology to minimize your surgical risks and recovery time. Spine surgery is performed using the most current and reliable technology with minimally invasive techniques in most circumstances. Spine disorders from the neck to the lower back are managed with or without neurologic symptoms such as numbness, weakness or sciatica. Dr. Gerling is a fellowship trained, American Board Certified spine surgeon with advanced specialty training and extensive experience in complex cervical disorders, and minimally invasive techniques. Small tubes and endoscopes are used to perform most surgeries for treatment of spinal trauma, degenerative disorders (aging of the spine), and spinal deformity. For example, Endoscopic Diskectomies only require 7-8 mm incisions in most cases.
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BOOK CHAPTERS "Scoliosis", in Complications of Spinal Instrumentation, Publisher, (2013 Publication Pending) "Surgical Approaches", in Spine Surgery Basics, 2013 "Dural Tears", in Spine Surgery Basics, 2013 "Treatment of Low Grade Spondylolisthesis", in LumboSacral and Pelvic Procedures, 2013 "Surgery for Neuromuscular Kyphosis", in Cervical Spine 5th Edition (Cervical Spine Research Society), 2011 SELECT RECENT RESEARCH PAPERS- Peer Reviewed (Refer to PubMed for full list) "Morbidity of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Has Declined Over Time." Spine. Accepted November 29, 2016. "Trends in Non-operative Treatment Modalities Prior to Cervical Surgery and Impact on Patient-Derived Outcomes: Two Year Analysis of 1522 Patients from the Prospective Spine Treatment Outcome Study." International Journal of Spine Surgery. Accepted October 4, 2016. "Morbidity of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Has Declined Over Time" JAGS- In Review "Two-year results of the prospective spine treatment outcomes study: An analysis of complication rates, predictors of their development, and effect on patient derived outcomes at 2 years for the surgical management of cervical spondylotic myelopathy". Spine 2015 "Risk Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically for Intervertebral Disc Herniations. A subanalysis of the 8 year data from the SPORT trial". Journal of bone & joint surgery (American volume). 2015 "Risks Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: A subanalysis of the 8 year data from the SPORT trial". Spine journal. 2014 "Risk Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically For Lumbar Stenosis: A Subanalysis of the 8 year data from the SPORT trial". Spine journal. 2014 "Risk factors for reoperation in patients treated surgically for intervertebral disc herniations: A subanalysis of the eight-year data from the sport trial". Spine journal. 2014 "Effectiveness of postoperative wound drains in one- and two-level cervical spine fusions", International journal of spine surgery. 2014 "Mitigating adverse event reporting bias in spine surgery". JBJS.2013 "Facet Violation with the Placement of Percutaneous Pedicle Screws." Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Dec "Improved Survivorship after Cement Augmentation for Osteoporotic Compression Fractures". Spine, 2011. "Quality of information concerning cervical disc herniation on the Internet". Spine J, April 2010 "Effects Of Spinous Process Excision On Adjacent Level Motion: A Biomechanical Cadaveric Model". Manuscript in Revision "Dropped Head Deformity due to Cervical Myopathy: Surgical Treatment Outcomes and Complications Spanning Twenty Years". Spine, "LongTerm Follow Up After Partial Fasciectomy for Dupuytren's Contracture Using The Disability Of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) and Patient Rated Wrist/Hand Evaluation (PRWHE) Questionnaires". Manuscript in review. "Posterior tibial tendon tears: comparison of the diagnostic efficacy of MRI and ultrasound for the detection of surgically created longitudinal tears in cadavers", Investig Radiology 2003 "Effect of surgical cricothyrotomy on the unstable cervical spine in a cadaver model of intubation". J Emerg Med. 2001 "Effects of cervical spine immobilization technique and laryngoscope blade selection on an unstable cervical spine in a cadaver model of intubation". Ann Emerg Med 2000 INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS- 37 ACADEMIC SOCIETIES FOSA Program Chairperson (CSRS) - 2017-2020 ACSR Board Member / Executive Committee, 2015- AAOS - Spine Program Committee 2013-2015 CSRS Program Committee 2013-2016 LSRS Program Committee 2014-2016 Young Surgeons Forum, North American Spine Society Pre-Meeting Course, Co-Founder, 2008 - Current Brooklyn Orthopedic Society- Treasurer 2007-2008; Secretary 2008- 09; Vice-president 2009-10; President 2010-11 CSRS, Fellow Research Award, 2006 Finalist Herndon Society Fellow, 2006 North American Spine Society Travel Scholarship, 2003