Why Refer to Bayhealth Neurosurgery?

Bayhealth Neurosurgery offers the innovative and compassionate neurosurgical care your patients deserve, without having far to travel. Our highly-trained neurosurgeons Dawn Tartaglione, DO, and Aaron Sigler, DO, deliver innovative, and patient-centered solutions that improve quality of life after brain or spine trauma, or years of pain from a spinal condition or injury.

Bayhealth was the first health system in Delaware to offer minimally invasive robotic spine surgery with the ExcelsiusGPS® technology and the 7D Surgical FLASH™ Navigation System for safer and radiation-free surgical spinal and cranial procedures.

A Focus on Quality and Safety

With our expertise, advanced technology and individualized treatment plans, referring physicians can expect improved patient safety, faster surgical and recovery times, and excellent outcomes. This includes very low rates of surgical site infections—0.44% with brain and spine—as well as 8% readmission, and 1% postoperative complication rate.

Bayhealth is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, customized operating suites and a dedicated neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to facilitate healing. We also have a nurse navigator and a dedicated Spine Class to educate patients about their surgery and the pre- and post-procedure instructions to follow. This class can be completed individually or in a group, with a telehealth option available.

Conditions We Treat

Back and Neck Pain: What to Know Before Referring

The standard of care for back pain begins with conservative treatment. Imaging is necessary when the condition doesn't improve. Please consider these steps leading up to a referral to our program:

Back & Neck Pain Algorithm

  1. NSAIDS/OTC Pain management
  2. Physical therapy
  3. 4 – 6 weeks later – if no improvement send for MRI, CT scan, and/or X-rays
  4. Review results and send to Bayhealth Neurosurgery if matching pathology

Patients can be seen in either of our convenient locations. For questions about coverage, view the list of insurance plans we accept. View a reference guide for authorizations related to advanced imaging of the spine.

If you have a patient that could benefit from the expertise of the Bayhealth Neurosurgery team, we welcome referrals from any primary care clinicians or specialists. To refer call Bayhealth Neurosurgery at 302-526-1470. Referrals can also be made via EPIC or Care Everywhere.

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