Specialty Medicine

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All of the new technologies and procedures available in medicine can be far too much for the average Joe to keep track of; fortunately, specialists across the medical landscape know the advancements available to them. When you’re facing an injury or illness, the last thing you want to do is research. Many of today’s doctors are heavily specialized, pursuing specific fields where they can dive deep into research and the modalities that may help solve a patient’s medical problem. With years of study and practice, specialists should be well positioned to help find solutions to your needs, from chronic pain, to stroke, or even just a tired look. From neurologists to plastic surgeons, help is out there and available locally. The following news and offerings from local specialists may help you or a loved one dealing with a complex problem that your primary care physician isn’t suited to take on alone.


Neurological Care


Southern Pain & Neurological is happy to offer Superion Indirect Decompression System, a new, minimally invasive treatment for lumbar stenosis that fits in the gap between conservative care and invasive surgery. FDA approved and covered by Medicare, this outpatient treatment is especially helpful for older patients and those not able to tolerate more invasive laminectomy to treat significant limitation in walking or continuous standing. Clinical trials indicated 90 percent patient satisfaction through 60 months. Successful reduction in leg pain was rated at 75 percent for Superion, which was better than a laminectomy and for the same evaluation period. No opiates are needed after this procedure.

Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain, especially stenosis and resultant claudication, creates a prison for patients, disabling them from an active lifestyle. The stress from walking and standing pain negatively affects personalities and decreases freedom. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact Southern Pain and find out if the Superion minimally invasive indirect decompression system or something else is right for you.

For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero and Covington office, call 1-800-277-1265.


The brain is an amazing machine, comprised of over a billion neurons, each at work full time and especially in New Orleans, arguably the most stimulating city on earth. Culicchia Neurological is the synapses that helps not only your neurons connect, but helps you reconnect with who you are. For years, they’ve brought new advancements and understanding to their patients—people come from all around the region seeking care from award-winning, fellowship-trained specialists and sub-specialists.

The Culicchia team works together to diagnose and treat disorders such as brain tumors, aneurysm, stroke, epilepsy, migraines, and spinal disorders. Specialties include Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. Their affiliate, CNC Hearing and Balance Center, provides the latest in hearing healthcare.

With clinics in Marrero, Uptown New Orleans, Slidell and Mandeville, Culicchia’s function is to improve yours. Call 504-340-6976 for an appointment or visit CulicchiaNeuro.com or cnchearing.com.


Plastic Surgery


A specialist in facial aesthetics, Dr. Sean Weiss is one of a select few surgeons in the world who are double board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Using the top plastic surgery techniques, he performs cosmetic surgical procedures on men and women seeking enhancement of the face, head, and neck. Dr. Weiss also performs non-surgical procedures including injectable fillers and wrinkle reduction.

Fellowship trained, Dr. Weiss works exclusively on plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck. With years of experience and a vast knowledge about this area of the body, Dr. Weiss performs facelift, blepharoplasty, forehead lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, hair restoration, and other procedures, providing comprehensive care for your aesthetic needs.

Dr. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery is located in Metairie just minutes from downtown New Orleans. Learn more at SeanWeissMD.com or call 504-814-3223 to schedule your consultation.


Does your appearance reflect your inner energy? If it doesn’t, consider a consultation with board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black. There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques available to help individuals enhance and refresh their appearance.

“Surgery is not the only option these days,” Dr. Elliott Black emphasizes. “Laser technology and other developments in the cosmetic field such as Botox and fillers offer alternatives to surgery with excellent results,” Dr. Summer Black adds. “The patient benefits with little downtime and minimal or no swelling or bruising. Many non-invasive procedures also provide immediate results,” she says.

With a new office, the father and daughter team have expanded their facilities to house a full range of laser equipment, including SculpSure non-invasive fat melting, IPL, laser hair removal, fractionated erbium, and fractionated CO2.

For information on available surgical or non-invasive cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black at 504-883-8900, or visit their office at 3798 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.


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