Bryan Wohlfeld, M.D.
Neurosurgeon Bryan Wohlfeld, M.D., specializes in treating complex and degenerative spine conditions, such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and myelopathy.
Whether patients see him after initial diagnosis or for revision surgery, he aims to find the most effective treatment approach and get them back to their lives – to their families, their jobs, their schools – and living without pain.
Dr. Wohlfeld uses less-invasive techniques for certain procedures to help patients recover more quickly. Depending on the patient’s situation, Dr. Wohlfeld can perform a multilevel lumbar fusion surgery with a six-centimeter incision, for instance, compared to much larger incisions other surgeons might make.
His interest in novel technologies has led him to the use of such leading-edge tools as the ultrasonic bone aspirator and the newer technologies to control or decrease bleeding. Both are advances in the neurosurgery field that help him do his job better.
“I continuously try to evolve and enhance my treatments so I’m always prepared for what my patients may need,” he says. “I learn from every experience and figure out how I can make it better.”
As an example, Dr. Wohlfeld has focused on improving posterior interbody lumbar fusions, which he performs without pedicle screws. He’s one of few using this technique, and he has seen excellent results. The option is appropriate for select patients with low-grade degenerative spondylolisthesis (or slippage of the spine), adjacent segment deterioration above a prior pedicle screw infusion, and people with severe degenerative discs that require complete discectomies.
“When patients come to me, they have usually exhausted all nonsurgical options,” Dr. Wohlfeld says. “I listen to what they’ve been through, understand what’s important to them, and try to get the best outcome for them that I can.”
Dr. Wohlfeld splits his time between UT Southwestern’s Zale-Lipshy University Hospital and the North Texas VA Medical Center, where he is Chief of Service for Neurological Surgery. He finds taking care of veterans especially gratifying because both of his grandfathers were military physicians.