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MU Neurosurgeon Provides Spine Surgeries at Lake Regional

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Fassil Mesfin, M.D., PhD, FACS, FAANS Fassil Mesfin, M.D., PhD, FACS, FAANS

Lake Regional Health System is pleased to announce that Fassil Mesfin, M.D., PhD, FACS, FAANS, a board certified neurosurgeon with University of Missouri Health Care, now provides less exposure spinal surgeries at Lake Regional Hospital. The procedures include single-level lumbar micro-discectomies and laminectomies and single-level anterior cervical discectomies and fusion. Dr. Mesfin also performs nerve and muscle biopsies; peripheral nerve surgeries; and steroid injections at Lake Regional Health System. In most cases, all of these are outpatient or short-stay procedures.

“Lake Regional Health System is committed to providing mid-Missouri with top-quality specialty care,” said John Appleby, director of Lake Regional Orthopedic Services. “Dr. Mesfin has provided outreach at Lake Regional Health System for more than three years, and we are excited to expand the care he can provide here.”

Dr. Mesfin is the director of the Complex Spine and Spine Oncology program in the Division of Neurological Surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He is also a provider at the MU Neurosciences Center Spine Program, where he specializes in complex spine tumor surgery, minimally invasive spine procedures and pain modulating procedures, such as steroid injections, sympathectomy, spinal cord stimulator placement and intrathecal pump placement. He has performed numerous peripheral nerve procedures, including tumor excision, carpal tunnel release and repair/decompression of damaged nerves. Dr. Mesfin is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

At Lake Regional Orthopedics, Dr. Mesfin sees patients with a wide range of neurologic and spine conditions, including brachial plexus injury; spine tumors; congenital and developmental spinal malformations; lumbar stenosis; lumbar radiculopathy; myelopathy; neck injuries; neuralgias; neuritis; scoliosis; slipped disk or herniated disk; spinal cord injury; spinal fracture; spinal stenosis; spondylolisthesis; and ulnar neuropathy.

To make an appointment with Dr. Mesfin at Lake Regional Orthopedics, call his main office at 573.882.4900.

Lake Regional Orthopedics serves patients needing musculoskeletal care, which includes the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and peripheral nerves. The providers include orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists and a board-certified foot and ankle specialist. For more information, visit