What are Spine Surgeons?

Orthopedic spine surgeons perform back and neck operations. When conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, scolosis, or a traumatic injury causes pain and reduced mobility, spine surgeons are consulted and options discussed with a patient. Review of x-rays, MRIs, and other medical treatments are all brought before the spine surgeon and the patient elects if surgery is appropriate.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Traditional spine surgery is performed by cutting long,deep incisions through muscle, which can leave the patient with long scars and an even longer healing time. Minimally invasive spine surgery uses the least invasive techniques and minimal cutting possible to give the surgeon access to the spine. By utilizing these techniques, the surgeon cuts down on the patient’s recovery time and scarring.

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Gene M. Massey, MD


Dr. Massey is a fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Spine Surgery. He is dedicated to providing comprehensive care of all back, neck, and spine conditions and has received extensive training in minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Massey comes to the Grand Strand from Duke University Medical Center, where he served as faculty while completing his fellowship training in Spine Surgery. He established South Carolina roots during his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of South Carolina, where he was named Resident of the Year as a Chief. Raised in Kentucky, Dr. Massey received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Louisville, where he graduated with highest distinction.Read more about Dr. Gene Massey.