Neurosurgery

Dealing with health issues can be overwhelming. But when you experience injuries or trauma to your brain, spine or nervous system, it can be life changing. That’s why our Covenant neurosurgery team is committed to supporting our patients and their families with compassion. We listen to your needs and concerns to understand how we can provide you with the best care. And with our advanced technologies, therapies and surgical expertise, we can reach our goal to restore our patients and give them better outcomes.

What makes our neurosurgery care so extraordinary?
Our neurosurgery team consists of expert physicians and specialists who provide extraordinary care and treatment for our patients. We have performed thousands of procedures for individuals with conditions such as:

  • Brachial plexus injuries resulting from shoulder trauma, tumors or inflammation
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuro-trauma
  • Spine and spinal cord abnormalities
  • Tethered spinal cords

 At Covenant HealthCare, we provide you with extraordinary neurosurgery services.

Spine — Having a back issue can be a real problem. Not only does it hurt, but it can make everyday activities like sitting, standing and living your life a real pain. That's why our Covenant neurosurgery team is dedicated to restoring your mobility. We're the only hospital in the Great Lakes Bay Region recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as a Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery. That's because our spine specialists are proven to deliver better outcomes. So you can have the freedom to enjoy life every single day, even in the simplest moments.

Our goal is to see our patients restored to a healthier lifestyle — and we do it using advanced practices and strategies so they can celebrate recovery sooner. That's why we offer a unique program called SpineWorks, a service dedicated to giving quality care and treatment to patients who are undergoing surgical procedures for their back or spine.

Our neurosurgery team is also dedicated to serving patients with spinal illnesses such as lower back degenerative disc disease. We provide artificial disc replacement, an alternative surgical treatment that's safe, reliable and long-lasting. So you can look forward to enjoying freedom and mobility.

Our other extraordinary spinal services include:

  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Discectomy
  • Fusions with the CAGE
  • Fusions with bone grafts
  • Laminectomy
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Microdiscectcomy
  • SpineWorks
  • Spine disc arthroplasty

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Pediatric — As a parent, your biggest fear is watching your child wrestle with traumatic illnesses and injuries. Our board-certified physicians are specialists at treating infants, children and adolescents with advanced technologies specifically designed for children. And with our family-centered approach, patients and their families are included throughout the entire process, so you can rest assured knowing your child is getting the extraordinary care he or she needs. Our pediatric neurosurgery procedures include:

  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Chaiari malformations
  • Craniovertebral abnormalities
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Macrocephaly
  • Neurological disorders
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Spina bifida
  • Surgical management of spasticity and hydrocephalus
  • Tumors and lesions of the brain and nervous system

Trauma — In the case of an unexpected injury, it's important for you to have somewhere to turn to. That's why you can trust Covenant Neurosurgery to give you the extraordinary emergency and trauma care you need. Our board-certified physicians are dedicated to giving you immediate care and support. So you can count on us to be there when you need it most. We have a history of providing extraordinary care for emergencies such as:

  • Sports injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury

Brain Tumor — The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It controls our bodies’ functions, such as walking, talking, breathing and more. We understand that brain injuries come with emotional and physical challenges for our patients and their families. That's why Covenant neurosurgeons are committed to treating brain tumors, lesions and disorders with extraordinary care.

Our neurosurgeons use a non-surgical approach, LINAC radiosurgery, to treat various brain injuries. This process uses a computer-guided radiation therapy system to aim highly focused beams of radiation directly to the area of the brain tumor or abnormality. We make it our goal to provide you with extraordinary treatment, especially when it's as important as your brain. Our Covenant Neurosurgery Team is expert at treating brain disorders such as:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Intracranial, orbital and base-of-skull tumors
  • Residual tumor cells following surgery
  • Other neurological conditions

Rehab — The road to recovery can have its challenges. That’s why our Covenant Neurosurgery Team is here to help. We know that the rehabilitation and healing process can be difficult. But we also believe it can be extraordinary when you have the additional physical and emotional support you need. That's why we provide you with Covenant Neurological Rehabilitation Services:

  • Acute care services
  • Home care
  • Inpatient Rehab Unit
  • Physiatry
  • Spine Rehabilitation Continuum
  • Transitional Care Unit

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Main Office
Saginaw
800 Cooper, Suite 8
Saginaw, MI 48602
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Clinic Locations

Alma — Dr. Udehn
1910 Pine Avenue
Alma, MI 48801
3rd Wednesday of each month
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Bay City — Dr. Udehn
2919 East Wilder Road, Suite 210
Bay City, MI 48706
2nd and 4th Monday of each month
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Cass City — Dr. Schinco
4672 Hill Street
Cass City, MI 48726
4th Thursday of each month
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Marlette — Dr. Schinco
2750 Main Street, Suite 7
Marlette, MI 48453
2nd Thursday of each month
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Meet our extraordinary neurosurgeon team.

Frank Schinco MD, FACS
Neurosurgery


David Udehn MD, FACS
Neurosurgery


Marc Thompson, PA

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