We are continuously arriving at the doorstep of the future—in medicine, every day, new technologies and scientific advancements push us forward into new generations of tools and treatments that give a better understanding of disease and hope for better outcomes. From robotic arms that aid minimally invasive surgeries to well scrutinized new medical techniques, physicians and surgeons across New Orleans remain at the forefront of care by acquiring the latest designs and incorporating the latest research. New options for patients are arising every day, and for people suffering from diseased discs in the back, chronic pain, or depression, learning about the following resources may be helpful along your journey to wellness. The following cutting-edge health techniques from local providers are just a few of the offerings that New Orleans healthcare professionals have made available to the people of the city and beyond.


New Options for Brain & Spine

Southern Brain & Spine

Surgeons at Southern Brain & Spine (SBS) are excited to announce a new option for patients who previously required fusion surgery for replacing diseased disks in the back. Unlike fusion surgery, Mobi-C® Cervical Disc replaces diseased discs in the neck and is designed to maintain motion.

“This state-of-the-art procedure is supported by the highest level of medical evidence available for a medical device. Mobi-C offers patients who suffer from two-level cervical disease a superior treatment option to traditional cervical spine fusion that maintains motion,” says Dr. Thomas.

Physicians at SBS treat all spine and brain-related problems, specializing in brain microsurgery and cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedures. The practice’s five neurosurgeons include Drs. Lucien Miranne, Jr., Everett Robert, Jr., Najeeb Thomas, Manish Singh and Rand Voorhies. Additionally, Dr. Justin Lundgren specializes in non-surgical spine care and EMG-nerve conduction testing, and Dr. Kevin Martinez’s specialty is interventional pain management.

The practice is conveniently located in Metairie at 3798 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 200. SBS participates in all major insurance plans and can typically arrange same-day or next-day appointments. For information and scheduling, call 504-454-0141, Ext. 1 or visit sbsdocs.net.

The Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative

Most people fear a decline in brain function as they age. Dr. Demetri Maraganore, Neurologist at Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences advises that we can positively impact brain aging with proactive care.

Brain function can also be impaired by stroke, concussions, depression, Parkinson’s disease, as well as other medical diagnoses.

While one in five women, and one in ten will develop Alzheimer’s Disease in our lifetime, Dr. Maraganore notes that we can prevent cognitive decline and dementia with various lifestyle and behavioral changes. However, it is imperative to partner with a physician.

The Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences has a program, led by Dr. Maraganore, to understand potential causes, genetic risks, and treatments for cognitive decline. The Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative aims to prevent Alzheimer’s and related brain disorders by improving brain health. Strategies include identifying and modifying health and lifestyle risk factors, physical and mental exercises, special diets, medical treatments, and integrative medicine practices.

Treatments for Chronic Pain

LA Pain Doctor

Occasional pain is a natural part of life, but chronic pain can rule your life, interfering with your ability to work, sleep, and have fun. When chronic pain disrupts your quality of life and does not improve with standard treatments, LA Pain Doctor is here to help.

There are many safe, proven effective treatments available that can help manage your chronic pain. At LA Pain Doctor, Dr. Firas Hijazi treats a variety of conditions such as back, neck, and joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. He is an expert in treating chronic neck and back pain, spondylosis, and sciatic pain with medications and procedures such as Radiofrequency Ablation. He is also an expert in treating a variety of other pain conditions including headaches, interstitial cystitis, post-laminectomy syndrome, and complex regional pain syndrome.

In order to produce the best possible outcomes, Dr. Hijazi works together with patients and their families to explore options designed to maximize quality of life and overall function. The pain stops here. Visit LAPainDoc.com for more information, or call 504-229-4866. Four offices are conveniently located in Metairie, Westbank, New Orleans, and Laplace.

Advances in Psychiatry

Atlas Psychiatry

At Atlas Psychiatry, psychiatrists Dr. Nicholas Pejic and Dr. Lauren LaRose work tirelessly to get you or your child well. They and their astute team of psychologists and social workers work together, harnessing a wide range of expertise to make a precise diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan. Their full range of services and advanced technologies includes psychological testing, individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, psychiatric genetic testing, medication, Ketamine Therapy (SPRAVATO™), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Atlas Psychiatry offers two cutting-edge, highly effective treatments for depression when traditional medications haven’t worked. TMS is a non-invasive outpatient procedure in which the brain is stimulated using soft magnetic pulses. Dr. Pejic uses an advanced localizing technique and faster frequency allowing for shorter and more cost-effective treatments than typical TMS. SPRAVATO™ (es-ketamine) nasal spray is administered in-office and produces rapid and sustainable improvements in mood. Both TMS and SPRAVATO™ are safe and do not cause side effects that are commonly associated with antidepressants, such as weight gain or sexual problems.

For more information, visit AtlasPsychiatry.com or call 504-899-1682.