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New Disc Surgery for Neck Helps Local Man



Dr. David Weinsweig brings breakthrough to St. Mary’s Medical Center

Robert VanMeter of Point Pleasant, W.Va., has had problems with his spinal discs for several years. Past treatments for the deteriorating discs have included fusing parts of his spine, which eased his back and neck pain. However, it limited VanMeter’s mobility and the recovery took months. VanMeter recently came to the St. Mary’s Regional Neuroscience Center, a decision that helped improve his health dramatically.

VanMeter became the first patient ever in West Virginia to receive a new type of artificial disc. Dr. David Weinsweig, a neurosurgeon with Tri-State Neuroscience Center, Inc., implanted the Prestige cervical disc in VanMeter’s spine. Just a few hours later, VanMeter was up and walking the halls of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

“This is great!” VanMeter said as he turned his head both ways to show his new range of motion. “Dr. Weinsweig is a wonderful doctor.”

Dr. Weinsweig said this breakthrough is important for our region because so many patients here suffer from this condition. “After doing thousands of spine surgeries here in Huntington, I’m very pleased to be able to offer this newest state-of-the-art technology at St. Mary’s Medical Center,” Dr. Weinsweig said. “This surgery is not for everyone, but it will help some of our patients.”

The Prestige cervical disc is produced by Medtronic. Medtronic is a Tennessee-based company that recently received FDA approval to make the artificial disc available to surgeons.