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Ian P. Rodway, M.D.

Comprehensive Neck and Spine Care Customized For Your Goals.

We understand the need for expedient care. We also understand that each person has different objectives with their neck and spine care. Dr. Rodway and his hand selected team are ready to help you overcome your injury or condition and achieve your goals.

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Undergraduate

1994-1998: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH McMicken College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Medical School

1998-2002: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH College of Medicine Doctor of Medicine

Internship

2002-2003: University of Toledo medical Center, Toledo, OH – Orthopaedic Surgery

Residency

2003-2007: University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH – Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship

2007-2008: New England Baptist Hospital/Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA – Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Certifications

Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Common Conditions of the Neck and Back Dr. Rodway Sees

Spinal Stenosis

The spinal cord runs through the open space that is located in the center of the spinal canal. Spinal stenosis occurs when the hollow region of the spinal canal compresses, putting pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves. Learn more about lumbar spinal stenosis.

Athletic Spine Injuries

Common neck and back injuries for athletes include stress fractures, muscle strains, herniated discs, and pinched nerves. Dr. Rodway understands the desire for athletes of all levels to return to high levels of competition quickly. He seeks treatment methods that allow each patient to accomplish their goals as quickly and safely as possible.

Degenerative Disc Disease

As the body ages, a number of changes naturally occur within the neck and back including the loss of fluid in discs, the narrowing of the spinal canal and the growth of bone spurs.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc, also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc, occurs when one of soft, jell-like discs between vertebrae moves out of position and presses on nerves causing pain, numbness, or weakness. Learn more about herniated discs.

Vertebral Compression Fractures

Vertebral compression fractures occur when the vertebral body in the spine collapses. These types of fractures are most common in patients with osteoporosis; however, trauma and metastatic tumors can also contribute to the condition.

Common Questions

How long does it take to heal?

The actual fusion part of the surgery takes between 3 months and 1 year. Most patients return to work with some lifting restrictions within 2-3 weeks.

Will a fusion affect my range of motion?

Most of the range of motion in your neck occurs between your skull and the top 2 vertebra. Each other level only contributes about 7 degrees. Most patients do not report a decrease in range of motion. In fact often patients perceive improved range of motion since they can now move their head and neck without pain.

Where does the bone graft come from?

Bone graft will come from a donor graft or cadaver bone, known as an allograft.

Will I set off a metal detector?

It is unlikely that the titanium plate and screws will set off airport metal detectors. It is also safe to have a MRI after surgery if one is needed.

Will I have to stay in the hospital?

This surgery is done typically as an outpatient procedure unless there are multiple levels involved or you have multiple health conditions. If you do require a hospital stay, most patients go home the following day after surgery.

What are the risks?

As with any surgery there are multiple risk involved and these will be discussed at your preoperative visit.

What to expect when Dr. Rodway suggests cervical spine surgery

ACDF – Cervical Fusion

This surgery is performed on the neck to relieve pressure on one or more of the nerve roots, or on the spinal cord itself. Dr. Rodway uses a small incision on the front of your neck to reach the affected areas. After the soft tissues of the neck are separated, Dr. Rodway removes the disc (the jelly like material between the bones or vertebrae of your neck) and any bone spurs that may be pinching or compressing a nerve or the spinal cord. The space is then filled with a bone spacer, such as cadaver bone also called an allograft, or a cage. You will then have implants, such as titanium screws and a plate placed for support.

Goals of Cervical Spine Surgery

  • Restore alignment of the spine
  • Improve arm and neck pain
  • Limit motion across degenerated segment of the spine

Outcomes

Most patients experience favorable outcomes after this surgery. In most cases patients have relief from their pain and are able to successfully return to their normal activities of daily life.

What to Expect After Surgery

  • Your arm pain will be improved after surgery. If you experience numbness, tingling, and/or weakness this may take longer to improve but most patients do see improvement in these areas.
  • No lifting or overhead activity for several weeks.
  • No driving for 2 weeks.
  • You will have a cervical collar for support that you will wear for two weeks after surgery.
  • Physical therapy will begin 6 weeks after your surgery.

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