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Arthur L. Jenkins III, MD, Spearheads Major Advances in Spine Tumor Treatment.

New York and Cos Cob neurosurgeon is saving lives with minimally invasive oncological procedures that eradicate tumors and restore health and mobility to patients throughout the New York area.

NEW YORK, NY (February 12, 2011)— Arthur L. Jenkins, III, MD, has elevated spinal surgery to higher and heretofore unprecedented levels with groundbreaking minimally invasive surgery that is saving lives and helping patients to overcome debilitating and potentially deadly spinal tumors.

Dr. Jenkins, with offices in Manhattan and Cos Cob, Connecticut, is board certified in neurological surgery and Fellowship trained in spinal surgery. While he practices the full spectrum of spinal surgery, Dr. Jenkins is a pioneer in implementing minimally invasive spinal surgery to eradicate tumors. Few other neurosurgeons anywhere are utilizing advanced minimally invasive surgery (MIS) to remove tumors; as such, Dr. Jenkins is paving new pathways in neurosurgery to help patients who otherwise would have to undergo an extensive and invasive open operation, which can be fraught with additional risks and requires a much longer recovery period.

“We’re performing minimally invasive procedures that few others are doing,” Dr. Jenkins explains. In fact, Dr. Jenkins perfected the concept of eradicating spinal tumors using a minimally invasive approach, which entails a single incision measuring one-half inch to an inch in length to remove spinal tumors — rather than an extensive open procedure. “The previous dogma was that there was no place for MIS when it came to the spine,” he says. “Why would you want to subject a patient to a large, invasive operation when a minimally invasive procedure will achieve identical results?”

Using a multi-disciplinary approach to complex spinal disorders, Dr. Jenkins collaborates with other physicians in treating his patients. This includes specialists in anesthesia and pain management medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology and interventional radiology, surgical critical care, general and thoracic surgery, and other experts to ensure optimal results and maximize patient outcomes.

Dr. Jenkins consults and teams with other specialists when appropriate, including: otolaryngologists (ENT specialists); thoracic surgeons (for intrathoracic procedures); vascular surgeons (for anterior approaches to the lumbar spine); plastic surgeons (for patients with complex wound-healing issues); radiation oncologists (for tumor patients who require adjuvant therapy); phsyiatrists (rehabilitation medicine specialists); in addition to practitioners of physical therapy, nutrition, social workers, and other supportive services to ensure the best outcomes for each patient.

He has an aggressive approach to tumor treatment and reconstruction, yet a more conservative approach to degenerative disorders. Dr. Jenkins practices the most current protocols in trauma and congenital deformity, cord tethering and other functional disorders.

While a leader in neurologic MIS procedures, Dr. Jenkins still performs open operations for patients requiring it. Yet he champions his success with the minimally invasive approach to eradicate spinal tumors. “It’s important to have someone who does both,” Dr. Jenkins says. “With minimally invasive surgery, I can make the incision, remove the tumor, reconstruct the spin and do it all without destabilizing the spine.” With what Dr. Jenkins refers to as “big, bad open surgery,” he removes structural elements that are healthy while also removing the tumor. “I relieve most of the inherent instability, do what I need to do, then repair the spine with orthopedic cement.” MIS makes the procedure dramatically less invasive, and with exceptional results. Recovery time for open surgery can be weeks; with MIS, a patient can be home in two or three days.

Dr. Jenkins has been performing MIS procedures for over a decade, and using the technique to remove spinal tumors for seven years. The ‘ambulation index’ — the rate at which patients progress during recovery — continues to improve with MIS.

In addition to treating patients with neurological disorders and spinal tumors, Dr. Jenkins also works with “complicated revision cases,” or patients who have been treated by other physicians who were unsuccessful at treating their neurological condition. Spinal fusions are typical of the revision cases treated by Dr. Jenkins. MIS can be employed for this procedure, Dr. Jenkins says, and he has been “very, very successful” at helping patients in this manner.

“MIS is a technique for doing something that we already now how to do,” Dr. Jenkins explains. “Tumor work is really the key.” Removing a spinal tumor with minimal invasive surgery “is truly a paradigm shift” in the treatment of cancer, he adds. “You have to know which procedure is right for each patient; not one size fits all.”

In addition to his work in removing spinal tumors, Dr. Jenkins treats all aspects of the nervous system, including cranial, spinal and peripheral nerves. He performs decompression procedures, spinal fusions, artificial disk replacements, and works to correct spinal deformities.

Dr. Jenkins is not only a pioneer in utilizing MIS to remove spinal tumors; he has also designed a number of surgical instruments that have earned provisional patents. “I do a lot of my own designs,” he says of the surgical instruments he has developed. Most of these instruments are used in MIS procedures; others are used in traditional open surgery. A patent has been filed on his design for an Implanted Spinal Radiation Shield, as well as for a Dynamically Reactive Flexible and Rigid Spinal Support System.

In addition to his practice, he runs two basic science research projects and coordinates several clinical research projects simultaneously. He serves as the Co-director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program, overseeing the expansion of the Spinal Surgery practice. Dr. Jenkins acts as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery; in that capacity he has developed several new techniques and practices nearly all aspects of minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques. He is also the Director of the Spinal Oncology Program, and oversees the treatment of tumors that involve the nerves, spinal column, and spinal cord, as well as the Spine Tumor Board, which meets weekly to discuss cases that involve tumors of the spine in an interdisciplinary conference.

Dr. Jenkins is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is instrumental in teaching the world’s neurosurgeons about the latest concepts in surgical techniques and advanced biomechanical concepts, while providing the next generation of neurosurgeons the tools they need to render the best possible care. Dr. Jenkins is nominally affiliated with Elmhurst Hospital in Queens.

Dr. Jenkins is circumspect about his work, and passionate about his approach to neurosurgery. “I just enjoy helping my patients,” he says. “And doing whatever it takes to get the job done.”

For more information on Dr. Jenkins and his pioneering minimally invasive surgery to remove spinal tumors, contact Fred Yaeger, President, Yaeger Public Relations, at (914) 423-7972, or via email at fredyaeger@yaegerpr.com.

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