Dr. J. Alex Thomas

Neurosurgery
Wilmington, NC
19 years experience male

Locations

Atlantic Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists

Wilmington, NC

Address

2208 S. 17th St., Suite 201, Wilmington, NC
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My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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About

Bio

I am a neurosurgeon in Wilmington, NC specializing in advanced minimally-invasive techniques for spinal and cranial surgery. I utilize the latest minimally-invasive techniques in spinal surgery, including lateral access surgery, to treat a wide variety of spinal pathology.

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Neurosurgery

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Yes but....: While ms could theoretically cause this isolated symptom, as a male of 29 years of age it probably is not ms and is, as you say, just anxiety. If the... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
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Yes: It depends on what you're getting the acupuncture for but multiple studies have confirmed the benefits of acupuncture in treating a wide range of heal... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
It can: The ct scan can show if the bony edges of the fracture are well approximated (close together.) this will increase the chances of proper healing.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
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Yes, usually.: Yes, ct and MRI can see previous strokes as long as they are older than 24 hours or so (mri can see strokes acutely.) tia's, by definition, are trans... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Probably not: Thoracic degenerative disc disease may result in some back pain but it wouldn't be related to eating. This could be due to something wrong with your g... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
It depends: I would consult a pain management physician for this. Definitely try a round of steroid injections or a tens unit first before having a spinal cord s... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
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Many sports: I typically tell patients to not shy away from any activity that keeps them fit and at a normal weight. That said, running and other high-impact act... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Typically yes: Yes, ct scans can typically pick up most brain lesions. Some lesions are very small though and can only be seen on an MRI which is more sensitive.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Narrowing: Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, usually by chronic, degenerative conditions such as degenerative disc disease and arthritis. St... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Probably not: The retrolisthesis at c5/6 is a common finding in degenerative disc disease and probably wasn't caused by your injury.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Hold off...: You probably just hit your "funny bone" or the ulnar nerve as it passes through the elbow. The symptoms will probably resolve on their own. If they ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
No: I don't think your long hours on the job caused your seizure disorder. That said, in patients with known seizures, prolonged periods of sleep depriva... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
No: At your age your skull will not change shape.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Yes: At your age i would recommend only conservative treatment. This could be a tailored exercise routine or aggressive physical therapy. If symptoms per... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Yes: For my patients i recommend several months of rest and bracing. At your age there is a good chance it will heal completely. In patients who don't he... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Internal Capsule: Assuming that you're referring to the anterior choroidal artery, the structure that is most commonly injured after an obstruction is the posterior lim... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Typically not: Lymph nodes typically don't cause neck and back pain. That said, swollen lymph nodes could indicate a systemic illness that could indeed cause pain (... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Yes.: Your chiropractor gave you good advice. Typically the first line of treatment for a pars fracture, especially in someone so young like yourself, is ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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Physical therapy: Your doctor should be able to give you a referral to a physical therapist in your area. The therapist can help you develop a home exercise routine th... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Yes: A bone stimulator may help the pars fracture heal more rapidly. If you were my patient, though, i'd recommend starting with more old fashioned treatm... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Lumbar muscle injury: Even if you don't work out, chances are your back pain is secondary to an injury of a muscle in your lower back. I would recommend rest and anti-infl... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Typically not: The size of a tumor usually doesn't determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. I've had patients with very large tumors that are benign and t... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Probably not: 4mm of tonsilar herniation is not technically a chiari malformation as the cerebellar tonsils need to protrude more than 5mm to be abnormal. The othe... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
19 years experience
Usually not: This is a very common finding on mris of the brain. Typically it is not significant. However, if you are experiencing neurological symptoms these f... Read More
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Feb 1, 2014
I appreciate Dr. Thomas' answer and recommend him to you. Thank you for your help Dr. Thomas!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Thomas is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Thomas is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Now i have blood in urine and vomiting so i think i need a trip to ER
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thx a lot for the rply, i realy appreciate it
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Medicine, DC
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

Georgetown University Medical Center

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons
North American Spine Society
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