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Augmented Reality Spine Surgery

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine now offers augmented reality (AR) surgical guidance with Augmedics’ xvision Spine System...

Feb 18th, 2021
Cerebral Aneurysm with Dr. Arias

An aneurysm is a small balloon that forms on a weakening wall of a blood vessel. It is estimated that about 2 to 4% of the world’s population have cerebral aneurysms. Cerebral aneurysm diagnoses are becoming more common as they are found when...

Jul 30th, 2020
Brain Tumor Surgery with Dr. Arias

Surgery for brain tumors involves general anesthesia which means the patient is completely asleep for the entire procedure. In some cases, the patient will be woken up during the surgery for monitoring the area of the brain that is being operated on.

Jul 30th, 2020
Brain Imaging with Dr. Arias

Being diagnosed with a brain tumor can be scary and life-altering. Part of the initial evaluation after a brain tumor is diagnosed is imaging. This can include a CT scan or an MRI.

Jul 30th, 2020
Fusion vs Non Fusion Surgery with Dr. Robinson

Spine surgery is a complex decision-making process. There are decompression surgeries and there are surgeries that involve both decompression and fusion and it is important to understand the difference between the two.

Jul 30th, 2020
Pre and Post Op Tips for Spine Surgery with Dr. Robinson

It is important to be prepared before surgery to make sure that there is a clear understanding of which medicines can be continued and which should be stopped and how far in advance some medicines need to be stopped prior to surgery.

Jul 30th, 2020
Spine Tumors with Dr. Kimball

Patients that have spine tumors are often faced with a devastating diagnosis. It can be challenging for them to find out that there is something compressing their spinal cord while also learning that they have a cancer that has spread...

Jul 30th, 2020
Microdiscectomy Surgery with Dr. Kimball

You would only consider surgery if you're NOT getting better with the other therapies that are mentioned in my blog. If you are having persistent intractable pain, weakness, numbness and dysfunction then you and your surgeon might consider doing this...

Jul 30th, 2020
Disk Herniation with Dr. Kimball

Overview: Herniation and disk bulges are common in people. Not everybody that has a disk bulge has a nerve that is being pinched by it and not everybody that has a disk bulge or herniation needs surgery for it.

Jul 30th, 2020
Cervical Fusion Surgery (ACDF) with Dr. Kimball

The traditional approach to fixing neck or arm pain that is not responding to medications or to physical therapy is to consider a procedure that I have actually moved away from and that is cervical (or neck) fusion surgery. Another term for this is ACDF...

Jul 30th, 2020
Do You Need a Spinal Fusion with Dr. Kimball

If you are reading this, it's probably unlikely that you have a fracture that is unstable since most people that have that condition usually present to an emergency room and are not going to be spending time searching around for...

Jul 30th, 2020
Cervical Disk Replacement with Dr. Kimball

Disk replacement in the neck has been around for quite some time and the technology available is phenomenal. In the United States, we have FDA approval to perform up to two consecutive levels of disk replacement. Dr Kimball is involved in FDA clinical...

Jul 30th, 2020
Lumbar Disk Replacement with Dr. Kimball

Treating patients with neck and back problems without the use of fusion involves replacing or fixing a disk that has been damaged rather than fusing it to another segment. Disk replacement can be done in the neck and in the lumbar spine.

Jul 30th, 2020
Minimally Invasive Surgery with Dr. Kimball

Open back surgery can be avoided altogether when accessing the spine through the stomach. With this procedure, the disk is removed and replaced with artificial disks made of two titanium implants and a mobile core that allows the patient to keep...

Jul 30th, 2020
Meningioma with Dr. Arias

The normal anatomy of our head starts with the hair and scalp on the outside, the bony skull below, and then the brain on the inside. Between the skull and the brain there is a thin layer, called the dura. The dura acts like a bag that encases and...

Jul 30th, 2020
Carotid Bifurcation Disease: with Dr. Arias

As we get age, plaque builds up in our blood vessels. This is caused by smoking and other lifestyle choices like poor diet. One of the most common places for this to develop is at the carotid bifurcation.

Jul 30th, 2020
Fusion vs Replacement with Dr. Serak

The spine is made up of a series of joints which are composed primarily of a disk which can degenerate over the course of time due to the fact that it's moving. Arthritis and general wear and tear can occur and eventually, the disk can break down.

Jul 30th, 2020
Robotics and Endoscopic Surgery with Dr. Serak

The field of minimally invasive spine surgery is rapidly evolving and Robotics is one technology I utilize. This makes me more efficient in the OR which cuts down on surgery time for the patient and less time under anesthesia.

Jul 30th, 2020
Spinal Cord Stimulation with Dr. Mian

One of the common clinical scenarios I encounter as a neurosurgeon is a patient who has persistent and severe pain in the back or the legs after a previous surgery on the spine. This is sometimes referred to as “failed back surgery syndrome,” and it...

Jul 30th, 2020
Essential Tremor with Dr. Mian

Essential tremor is one of the most common neurologic conditions in the world. It consists of a trembling or shaking that worsens over time, and it can affect patients at almost any age in life. It is usually brought out by holding a posture or making...

Jul 30th, 2020
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with Dr. Mian

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is therapy that delivers targeted electrical impulses to the brain to treat different neurologic disorders like Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, epilepsy, and dystonia. Some people compare DBS to a pacemaker - but...

Jul 30th, 2020
What is Moyamoya? With Dr. Arias

Moyamoya disease is a rare disease that translates to “Puff of Smoke” in Japanese. Normally, blood is taken to the brain through the internal carotid artery. Once it gets to the base of the brain, it splits into the anterior cerebral artery which...

Jul 30th, 2020
Cervical Disc Replacement vs Fusion with Dr. Kimball

With disc replacement, patients are usually able to get off of pain medications after surgery sooner than with fusion. They tend to get back to work sooner and they tend to generally get back to their lifestyle faster.

Jul 30th, 2020
Back pain: FAQ’s with Dr. Robinson

Back pain: FAQ’s What is causing my back pain? Back pain is usually caused by arthritis in the spinal joints (called the facet joints) and also if these bones do not line up appropriately...

Jul 30th, 2020
Interspinous Stabilization with Dr. Robinson

Coflex™ is a non fusion procedure that is sometimes used for indirect decompression. Essentially, decompression surgery is utilized to take pressure off the nerves, sometimes with the addition of an interspinous spacer or Coflex™.

Jul 30th, 2020
Glioma with Dr. Arias

A glioma is a type of tumor that begins from inside the brain itself. These tumors can be either benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancerous). They are graded from 1-4, with grade 4 tumors (glioblastoma) being the most aggressive, and unfortunately...

Jul 30th, 2020
Trigeminal Neuralgia with Dr. Mian

Trigeminal neuralgia is a common neurologic disorder in which there are severe zaps of pain in the face. Patients often describe the pain as aching or stabbing or sometimes like an electric shock. The pain attacks start and stop suddenly...

Jul 30th, 2020