Dr. Zielinski and Texas Spine and Neurosurgery have a satellite clinic at the family practice medical clinic located at Freestone Medical Center in Fairfield. Texas Spine and Neurosurgery is very interested in supporting the development of a local spine program and in strengthening the local medical community. Patients can be treated locally with all of their conservative therapy care options.
We as a practice want to help and support the local community and strive to provide the best care possible to the citizens of Athens. As you know Athens is a small town in east Texas with a population of just over 2,000. It is located in Henderson County, about an hour and a half east of Dallas. It is known for its historic downtown square, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its annual Texas Independence Day celebration. Athens is also home to the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society, which features more than 100 acres of gardens and nature trails. Athens is a historic town with a lot of character. It was founded in 1846 and is the oldest town in Henderson County. There are a number of historic buildings and sites in Athens, including the Athens Courthouse Square, the Athens Historic District, and the Henderson County Museum. Athens is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It is a friendly, small town with a lot of history and character.
Texas Spine and Neurosurgery is a neurosurgical practice which specializes in the coordination of both surgical and conservative treatment options. We treat herniated discs, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, spondylolisthesis, spondylosis, pars defects, spinal fractures, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, and many other disorders of the spine and nerves. We are skilled in the use of both microsurgical and minimally invasive procedures on the neck and back, as well as more complicated procedures. At Texas Spine and Neurosurgery, we can also do lumbar, thoracic, and cervical discectomies, laminectomies, and fusions. In order to ensure quality, all our partners which provide operative locations must meet our strict standards for excellence. To that end, we both require and provide specific training for staff both inside and outside the operating room. All centers are required to meet state of the art technological standards with regard to equipment, procedures and protocols in order to become a Texas Spine & Neurosurgery partner.
Whenever possible, conservative treatment options are always considered before surgery. At Texas Spine and Neurosurgery, we with coordinate with high quality local providers and we help to oversee and coordinate care, including but not limited to pain management, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory therapy, bracing, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, and pool therapy. Above all, our philosophy allows and encourages patients to try the least invasive treatment before progressing to more invasive therapies.
At Texas Spine & Neurosurgery, we specialize in the treatment of disorders of the spine and peripheral nerves, but our primary goal is to help stop the suffering associated with these disorders.
How We Help
There is no need to travel long distances to access the best in spine care! At Texas Spine and Neurosurgery, we bring advanced technology and treatment options to you. Our founder, Dr. Steven Zielinski, is a Stanford trained spine surgeon and an experienced expert in back and neck surgery. Dr. Zielinski is a pioneer in artificial disc technology and currently holds multiple patents in the area. Through his company, Zielinski Medical Technologies, he has been on several innovation teams, and has expertly designed several products currently used across the nation in spine surgery.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr. Zielinski has routinely performed minimally invasive spine surgery since 1997. In patients that qualify, it is a great way to relieve pain quickly and ensure a smaller incision, with very little down time. Patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery are typically able to return home on the same day of their surgery. The minimally invasive approach also tends to decrease the amount of pain associated with surgery. We know your time and ability to return to your regular activities are important. That is why we always strive to provide the highest level of care with the least invasive approach.
Possible Symptoms or Conditions
- Pain radiating down the arms or legs.
- Unusual sensations such as tingling, numbness, or pins and needles.
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Muscle weakness
- Spinal Stenosis
- Bowel problems.*
- Bladder problems.*
- Numbness in the genital area.*
* You should see your doctor immediately if you have problems urinating, having bowel movements, or if you have numbness around your genitals.
Treatment Options Prior To Surgery
Options for treatment include:
- Lumbar bracing
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Steroid injections
- TENS units
- Pain management
- Massage therapy
Surgical Treatment Options
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Microscopic Spine Surgery
- Disc Replacement
- Lumbar Fusion
- Cervical Fusion
- Lumbar Discectomy
- Cervical Discectomy
- Thoracic Spine Surgery
- Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery
- Anterior/Posterior Spine Surgery