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Dr. Theodore Spinks

Neurosurgery
Georgetown, TX
23 years experience male

Locations

Georgetown Clinic

Georgetown, TX

Address

1900 Scenic Drive, Suite 2222, Georgetown, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
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Fax

(512) 298-3901

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

CIGNA Health Care

Tricare

Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

Mailing Address

Georgetown, TX

About

Bio

After earning his Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University and his MD at Columbia University, Dr. Spinks did a Neurosurgery Residency at the University of California, Los Angeles and a Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh for several years before returning to his home state to serve as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Texas A&M and on staff at Scott and White Memorial Hospital. In 2010 he joined the staff of Dell Children's Medical Center, the Seton Family of Hospitals, and the St. David's group of hospitals. He admits patients to several hospitals in Austin and Williamson County.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Neurosurgery

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Spine Surgery

Licenses

United States: California, Pennsylvania, Texas

Doctor Q&A

40 Answers
5 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Perhaps: Several medications used to treat RA can interfere with bone growth. You should talk to both your rheumatologist and to your surgeon about what you a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Offset Vertebrae: If it is being used correctly, this means that two of your vertebrae are out of alignment by 25mm. While this alignment cannot be changed without a s... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Harmful to nerves: A neurotoxin is a substance that harms nerves, brain, or spinal cord. Some are permanent and some are only temporary.
A male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Lots of Options: Most low back pain responds well to physical therapy, heat/ice, muscle relaxants, and nsaids (motrin, advil). Trying these in combination can be more... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Yes: Often these problems can be controlled with medication. If that doesn't work, then evaluation for possible surgery is appropriate. However, in eithe... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Your primary doctor: You should start by seeing your primary doctor. You may get better with physical therapy, medications, or heat and ice. Your doctor may order an MRI... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Not really: Meningitis requires IV antibiotics. There are home remedies that can help some of the symptoms during recovery, but none that actually treat the dise... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Not really: Although there are medications that decrease spinal fluid production, they do not do enough to treat true hydrocephalus. There are many surgical opti... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Worth checking: It would be best to visit a Neurosurgeon. The CT rindicates you might have a Chiari Malformation, but often these questionable CT findings are normal... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Responses vary: After surgery for a herniated disk, numbness takes longer to recover than pain. Depending on how long you had your symptoms before surgery, it can ta... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Many Possibilities: There are a large number of possibilities. If it isn't growing and doesn't seem tender or painful, then it likely is not an aggressive problem. Howe... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
May bring on symptom: Although not likely to cause a disk herniation or bulge, this action, called a Valsalva maneuver, can cause a very slight temporary increase in an exi... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Stroke risk low: While you are on blood thinners, your risk of a blood clot causing a stroke should be lower, and these medications can sometimes be used to prevent or... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Nerve Compression: Likely you are compressing your occipital nerve, particularly if lying on your back causes the symptom. The numbness in the back of your head may be o... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Yes and no: The surgery that treats the disease is always the best. Some diseases can be treated well endoscopically, but some cannot. The effectiveness of endo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
It depends: There are a lot of factors that affect whether this is safe for you, including how long ago your surgery was. You should discuss this with your surge... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Common aging changes: Hypertrophy (enlargement) of the facet joints and ligaments are common degenerative changes, seen with aging and wearing out of the spine. If they ar... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
May be normal: Back spasm may be occurring as your body heals from surgery, especially if it was within the past several months. If you still have a pinched nerve r... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
No: Stress, by itself, has not been suspected of causing gbm. Thankfully, since there is plenty of stress out there! current research indicates that for... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Perhaps: Some prolactinomas grow faster than others. Generally the medication is started when they are diagnosed. Your doctor may have a good reason for star... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Talk to your doctor: If it is a true hemangioma, then you may not need to have anything done. Usually these are benign lesions that do not need treatment. However, you s... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
You have options: You should discuss the details with his Neurologist and Neurosurgeon. However, the options range from switching to oral baclofen, to perhaps replacin... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
An important place: The cavernous sinus is a part of the system that drains blood from your brain. It drains blood from many of the deep veins. It is important because ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Rarely useful: Theoretically, shunt independence can happen, and I have seen a few patients who may no longer need their shunt. Practically, it is rarely worth think... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Gets worse with use: An intention tremor gets worse as you try to reach for something. The tremor may be minimal or nonexistent at rest, but becomes worse as you try to r... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Worth Checking Out: This is probably ok. It is very common to have bulging veins with headaches. However, depending on why you had the craniotomy and exactly where the ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Possibly: Compressed nerve roots can cause fasciculations (small spasms) in the muscles controlled by that root, and these could be perceived as tremors. Also,... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Be Conservative: Conservative treatment is almost always the right first choice for back pain. This might include muscle relaxants like Robaxin, (methocarbamol) NSAID... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
No: X-rays do not show disks or ligaments. They only show bones and some information about other tissues. Generally speaking, the best way to look at di... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Perhaps: Sometimes a syrinx can cause pain, which can lead to muscle spasms. Particularly if this occurs in the neck, it could lead to headaches. However, th... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Quickly: The symptoms usually progress over a few days or less.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Red, tender: If you have redness, extreme tenderness, or drainage from the incision, you should be concerned about an infection. This would be urgent, so you shou... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Generally yes: Calisthenics are not likely to damage a pinched nerve root, and they may help. They may aggravate the pain as well, though. This is unlikely to be d... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
May help pain: The tens device may help with pain after spinal fusion, but it will not affect the healing process. Talk to your surgeon if you think tens might help... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
No: The varicella vaccine can prevent chicken pox/shingles infection, but is not a deterrent for bell's palsy.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Unlikely: If these are your only symptoms, then you probably just have swelling from the injury and neck sprain/strain. If you are worried, then you should tal... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Each child is unique: The fact that she is developing so well increases the likelihood that she will be more functional as she gets older. However, every child is differen... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
High: If you truly have meningitis and do not receive the proper antibiotics, the mortality is very high. Refusing treatment is not really a viable option.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Many things: The list of answers to your question is so long it cannot be explained here. Causes range from strep throat or other infection to allergic reaction t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Usually not: It depends on the details, but most of the time no. Some patients choose to shave their whole heads for ease of care for the incision after the surge... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Spinks is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Spinks is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
I had this since Nov of 2011. I couldnt walk that well,sit a long period of time, mostly layed in bed. Have to wear open back shoes.I
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Thanks for your quick reply! I appreciate you taking the time to get back with me so soon.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'll look into it. Thank you very much!!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

UCLA Medical Center
Completed 2006

Awards

Top Neurosurgeon , Third Place, Texas - Summer
2013
Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, Texas - Summer
2014
Founding Knowledge Editor, First Place, Austin - Winter
2016
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