Per Rome Sentinel:
The Tiger Woods minimally invasive spine surgery using Centinel Spine’s STALIF M-Ti™ fusion implant that allowed Woods to complete his PGA Tour comeback after almost three years of golf inactivity, is now available at Rome Memorial Hospital.
The Director of Neurosciences at Rome Memorial Hospital, Dr. Nicholas Qandah, a board certified neurosurgeon and Board Certified General Surgeon Dr. Keneth Hall collaborate to perform the state of the art spinal fusion surgery, which requires the expertise of both a general surgeon and a neurologic surgeon.
The surgery involves implanting a state of the art product into the spinal column to alleviate back pain due to disc deterioration and spinal compression in the lower back. The doctors create a minimally invasive access to the spinal column through a small incision in the abdomen to perform the delicate surgery.
“Working with Dr. Qandah is a pleasure as we share the same attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism,” said Dr. Hall. “Besides that, his skill set is unsurpassed and I would allow him to operate on me or my family. I’m very proud that we could collaborate in this fashion to offer this well needed service to the community.”
Dr. Qandah regularly collaborates with surgical colleagues throughout the region to provide patients with access to state of the art surgeries which would otherwise require them to travel long distances. “It is important that we bring this level of care to the region,” said Dr. Qandah. “Dr. Hall’s expertise and aptitude is unsurpassed, and his attention to detail is seen in his patient outcomes.”
The pair teamed up to perform the surgery at Rome hospital, the first facility to offer the life-changing surgery within 200 miles.
The surgery is named for Woods, who underwent spinal fusion surgery using this specialized product in April 2017 to alleviate ongoing, debilitating pain in his back and legs. The Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) surgery was so successful that it allowed him to complete his PGA Tour comeback after almost three years of golf inactivity, culminating with his April win at the 83rd Masters—his first major win in 11 years.