Thibodaux Regional Health System provides patients benefits from state-of-the-art
care and has the only full-service neurosurgery program in the region.
Most people believe that neurosurgeons only perform brain surgery, but
the majority of procedures performed by neurosurgeons are to treat neck
and back pain. They spend about 80 percent of their time treating spine
The spine is more than just a series of bones. It contains the spinal cord,
which connects the brain to all the nerves in the body.
“Our goal is to preserve the brain, spinal cord and nerve function,
whether the root of the problem is in the brain or the spine,” said
Dr. Thomas Donner, Neurosurgeon at Thibodaux Regional Health System.
“We encounter more patients needing spine surgery than brain surgery.”
With at least six years of residency training beyond medical school, neurosurgeons
uniquely understand how the brain, spine and nerves function together
and what the proper treatment is for injury to and pain caused by the
brain, spine or nervous system.
All-Inclusive Neurosurgical Care
Patients benefit from a full range of neurosurgical services at the Spine
Center of Excellence at Thibodaux Regional, the only full-service program
in the region. Three experienced spine surgeons, a team of specialists
and physicians create a comprehensive, collaborative, patient-centered
approach to caring for people with neck or back pain. The doctors and
spine surgeons focus on each patient by individually reviewing every case
to determine the best course of action, whether that’s surgical
or non-surgical. The team also provides an ongoing management program
complete with a Nurse Navigator.
Drs. Donner, Deepak Awasthi, and Peter Liechty strive to provide patients
with exceptional, compassionate care while offering a wide array of services,
including comprehensive general neurosurgery, cranial intervention, and
minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery. Dr. Donner specializes
in minimally invasive procedures, as well as surgery on brain tumors,
while Drs. Awasthi and Liechty focus on spinal reconstructive procedures.
“Thibodaux is unique to have an active neurosurgery program like
ours,” said Dr. Donner. “Most people in small towns across
the US would have to travel a fair distance for care.”
The neurosurgeons at Thibodaux Regional use a conservative approach to
the care provided to patients, and one referral to the Spine Center at
Thibodaux Regional gives patients the best chance to solve back and neck pain.
A Nurse Navigator coordinates the efforts of a patient’s care team—
managing treatment plans, making appointments and following up with the
patient and spine surgeon or doctor to be sure your treatment is effective.
So instead of visiting one type of specialist, only to go back to the doctor
when back pain still exists and get a referral to a different specialist,
a patient can get the care needed in one place.
For more information about the neurosurgery program at Thibodaux Regional
About Thibodaux Regional Health System
Thibodaux Regional Health System, a 185-bed acute care facility, provides
inpatient and outpatient care for the people of Lafourche and seven surrounding
parishes. Highly specialized services offered include Heart Surgery, Medical
and Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports
Medicine, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General, Laparoscopic, and
Bariatric Surgery, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Women’s Services,
Sleep Disorders, Behavioral Health, and Inpatient and Outpatient Physical
Rehabilitation Services. Nationally recognized for quality care and service,
Thibodaux Regional has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power
and Associates and has been honored with the Press Ganey Summit Award
for high levels of patient satisfaction.