Watch an interview with William C. Welch, MD, FACS, FICS, a neurosurgeon at Penn Medicine.
"We're doing surgeries here, and types of procedures here that no one is doing in the world. I see a lot of patients who have lumbar spinal stenosis. That's probably the single-most common diagnosis that I see and treat for patients. That's narrowing of the spinal canal in either the neck or the lumbar spine."
"From the most conservative, non-surgical treatments to the most advanced surgical treatment, we have the ability to highly customize care for each of the patients. We're able to do that because of all the resources that we have available and because we understand that a customized treatment approach is the appropriate approach for each patient."
"Many patients brought in by their spouse saying, 'you know, my husband worked his entire life so that we could retire and travel. Now that he's retired he can't walk long enough to travel.' Many of these patients we can perform a relatively straightforward surgery and they're able to now walk longer distances with much less pain, stop their pain medicine. Their spouse, who they frequently have been married to for 40 or 50 years, is now much happier because now they can travel together and go on trips together."
"I'm Dr. William Welch. I am the Chief of Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and I am the Clinical Vice Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Penn Medicine."