David A. Hanscom, M.D.
Dr. David Hanscom is an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, where his specialty is orthopedic spine deformity. Dr. Hanscom's patients have a lot of anxiety and frustration about passed failed surgeries, and Dr. Hanscom takes a concrete approach to calm the person down before surgery and to educate them about their surgery and care. At Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Hanscom's goal is to give his best shot at helping his patients on any given day.
Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed
Back Injuries, Back Pain, Back/Spine Injuries, Back/Spine Surgery, Cervical Injury/Problems, Cervical Spine Problems/Proc., Cervical/Lumbar Degen. Disorders, Disc Problems, Lumbar Fusion, Lumbar Spine Trauma/Disease, Neck Disorders, Neck Injuries, Sciatica, Scoliosis - Adult/Pediatric, Scoliosis Surgery, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Pain, Spine Trauma & Disease, Stress Management, Thoracic Spine Trauma/Disease
Philosophy of Care
I have spent over 20 years working closely with physiatrists in rehabilitating patients with spinal problems. Often surgery can be completely avoided with a comprehensive structured rehabilitation approach. If surgery is required then rehab can maximize the benefit of the surgery. I have over 20 years of experience with very complex revision surgery in all areas of the spine. I do a lot of spinal deformity surgery in adolescents and adults. I am developing a classification system to improve the selection of surgery for a given clinical situation. I am also active in developing clinical research in order to improve our clinical decision making.
In the process of working with my patients who have chronic pain, I have discovered that stress is a significant factor which aggravates pain. I have been active in developing stress management strategies to present both in and out of my practice. My hobbies include snow skiing, golf, weight training, bird watching, and attempting to learn Italian.
Loma Linda University, CA
University of Hawaii, HI
University of Minneapolis, MN; University of California, Davis, CA
Heart Hospital, WA
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Comprehensive Spine Program at Swedish Neuroscience Institute550 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: New Patients - 206-320-BACK (2225) | Main Clinic - 206-320-2800
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Acute Spine Pain
Degenerative Spinal Disorders
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