Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas

Neurosurgery Arkansas was established in 2004 as a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of brain and spine disorders for the state of Arkansas. Over the past decade we have aligned ourselves with the state’s largest and most comprehensive provider to become Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas. As a group we are able to provide more comprehensive surgical services in brain, spine and peripheral nerve pathologies.

Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas' mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate neurosurgical care with our patient's best interest in mind. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology including navigated minimally invasive spine surgery, computer-assisted and neuro-endoscopic brain surgery we are able to provide the highest level of care to the state of Arkansas.

Our physicians see patients of all ages by physician referral. 

Neurosurgeons at Baptist Health have performed the first Mazor X robotic spine surgery in Arkansas.

The Mazor X Robotic Guidance Platform is only available to a small number of spine and orthopedic hospitals in the U.S.

Mazor X combines image-based pre-operative analytics with intra-operative guidance to create and execute a personalized surgical plan for the needs of a patient’s individual anatomy.

The technology allows an automated robotic “arm” to hold key surgical instrumentation in place for the neurosurgeon. Mazor X additionally looks at how the whole procedure affects a patient, with data to provide comprehensive treatment accuracy and advanced surgical precision.

It integrates and streamlines three complex processes:

  • Image-based 3D planning of surgery
  • Intra-operative guidance using precision mechanics
  • Intra-operative verification of therapy placement using an X-Eye camera

Before entering the operating room, neurosurgeons use the 3D-planning functionality to develop an optimal surgery in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. Computer analytics provide the neurosurgeon with pre-operative data for procedure planning and intra-operative guidance during the procedure. Using these technologies, the neurosurgeon may operate with precision and efficiency.

Mazor increases favorable patient outcomes, including lowered surgery complication rates and reduced post-operative pain, according to clinical studies. The guidance platform also allows patients to recover in less time than they would via traditional surgical methods.

Types of spinal surgeries performed using Mazor X include:

  • Open, MIS, and percutaneous posterior thoracolumbar approaches
  • Scoliosis and other complex spinal deformities
  • Pedicle screws – short and long fusions
  • Transfacet screws and translaminar-facet screws

You may learn more about Mazor X on the Medtronics website.

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Healthcare Providers

Image Name Practicing Specialties
Rachel Ora Ketcher, APRN Neurological Surgery Request an appointment
PB Simpson, Jr. PB Simpson, Jr., MD Neurological Surgery Request an appointment
Sushrut Dharmadhikari Sushrut Dharmadhikari, MD Interventional Radiology, Neurology Request an appointment
Rhonda Finnie Rhonda Finnie, APN Request an appointment
Hannah Ellis Hannah Ellis, APN Neurological Surgery Request an appointment
Gautam Gandhi Gautam Kanu Gandhi, MD, PhD Neurological Surgery Request an appointment
Jonathan Reding Jonathan Reding, MD Neurological Surgery Request an appointment
Blake Phillips Blake Phillips, MD Neurological Surgery Request an appointment
David Connor David Connor, DO Neurological Surgery Request an appointment
Timothy Burson Timothy Burson, MD Neurological Surgery Request an appointment