About Alamo Brain & Spine
Alamo Brain and Spine includes the expertise of Scott B. Phillips, MD, a Neurological Surgeon. Dr. Phillips has extensive experience, specializing in spine surgery and the treatment of complex cases of back and neck pain.
Dr. Scott Phillips completed a psychology degree at the University of Kentucky in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. He went on to complete medical school at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship and a seven year residency in neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, including 1 year a Chief Resident. As part of the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program, Dr. Phillips then served 4 years Active Duty as a Staff Neurosurgeon at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC/BAMC). Dr. Phillips also served as a neurosurgeon in Afghanistan for combat-related spine and neurological injuries. He was a staff neurosurgeon at San Antonio Military Medical Hospital for four years.
Upon leaving military service in 2017, Dr. Scott Phillips wanted to remain in San Antonio and subsequently founded Alamo Brain and Spine.
Dr. Phillips is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the North American Spine Society (NASS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the Texas Medical Association, AMA, Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons (TANS) and the Bexar County Medical Society.
Dr. Phillips has also been active in research as a co-author of several professional publications in the specialty of spine and brain surgery. He also holds a patent application on a medical invention related to a transcranial ultrasound transducer for bedside image-guided placement of ventricular catheters.
Within the specialty of spine surgery, Dr. Phillips performs minimally invasive spine surgery and emphasizes motion-preserving artificial disc technology. For patients with stenosis and specific disc herniations, Dr. Phillips also performs the new XLIF surgery (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) which accesses the spine from the side to avoid disruption to the muscles in the back and ALIF (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion) that accesses the spine through the lower abdomen. Theses approaches enables the patient to return to activity quicker and with less pain during rehab.
Over the course of his career Dr. Phillips has performed hundreds of successful spine surgeries.
Philosophically, Dr. Philips emphasizes conservative treatment options prior to considering spine surgery. “We try to exhaust non-surgical treatment options for back and neck pain before we consider spine surgery," explains Dr. Phillips.
Dr. Phillips, accordingly, collaborates with local pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians for those who suffer from longer-term chronic pain issues. "Treatment of chronic pain problems can include newer therapies such as neuromodulation and dorsal column simulators that interrupt the pain pathway to the brain without the side effects of medications which can affect internal organs and the lifespan of the patient,” Dr. Phillips explains. “Our spine center works directly with pain management specialists to perform pain-relieving spinal injections as well as coordinate spinal cord stimulator therapy.”
With a degree in psychology, Dr. Phillips is able to connect well with his patients to arrive at the best treatment plan for a specific person. “A back and neck pain problem can completely disrupt a person’s lifestyle and work,” Dr. Phillips notes. “Where there is a non-surgical option to get back to activity we explore that. In other cases, a herniated disc or other spine problem can require surgery to relieve the pain symptoms. With the right surgery, the person can often return to activity faster with a simple spine surgery that has them home the same day and then back to activity soon after that.”
On a personal level, Dr. Phillips spends time with his family, including two young sons. He and his sons are active in soccer in the San Antonio area. He also enjoys camping, watching hockey, playing golf, and bowling. He plays guitar and likes to travel with his ukelele.
Scott B. Phillips, MD is a neurological surgeon based in San Antonio who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement, carpal tunnel surgery, spinal cord stimulator implants and other brain disorders, including brain tumor and chiari decompression. Patients travel from Bexar County, San Marcos and South Texas, including Corpus Christi, Kingsville, McAllen and Brownsville for treatment of back pain, neck pain, brain tumor, carpal tunnel and epilepsy-related neurological problems. Dr. Scott Phillips provides second opinions for back surgery and neck surgery, and emphasizes non-surgical treatment options in advance of spine surgery. Where surgery is necessary because of a herniated disc or spinal instability, Dr. Phillips uses minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and advanced technology like the artificial disc to help patients relieve pain symptoms and get back to activity. This spine neurosurgeon expertise enables many patients to have outpatient spine surgery and be home the same day.