As the center of a delicately balanced system, your spine controls all of your body’s movements — so it’s important to take care of it. Even the smallest injury can upset the fragile balance and make spine surgery a necessity.
Our board certified, fellowship trained surgeon, Dr. Ashraf Guirgues, and his team, Physician’s Assistants Mel Gaston and Drew Norris, are dedicated to providing you with the best possible spinal care.
With subspecialty training and expertise in spinal surgery and spine care, we offer surgical treatment of spinal disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as:
- Artificial disc replacement
- Lumbar fusion
At our facility in eastern North Carolina, we offer only the highest standard of care. Despite our strong credentials, we exclusively recommend aggressive or invasive spine surgery when all other approaches have been exhausted. Our goal? For you to feel better and live a full and happy life.
Learn More About When and How To Consult a Spine Surgeon.
It can be hard to know when it’s time to consult a spinal surgeon, but the following are a few key indicators:
- Consistent bladder or bowel problems
- Back pain accompanied by a fever
- Back pain that gets worse at night
- Back pain that began after a fall or accident
- Numbness or weakness in the legs
- Back pain that radiates into the legs
- Consistent pain for longer than three weeks
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it may be time to reach out to our spinal center. In order to make an appointment at Carolinas Center for Surgery in Morehead, North Carolina, you must be referred by your primary care doctor. We will ask your doctor to send over your most recent notes and imaging studies.
Once Dr. Guirgues reviews these notes, our scheduling department will reach out to set up an appointment. After you are evaluated by a Physician’s Assistant on staff, you will consult with Dr. Guirgues about your likely course of treatment.
We ask that you take a moment to please read through the following procedures to make your visit as successful as possible:
- Arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out necessary paperwork
- Bring your insurance card, driver’s license, and specialty copay