Chiari Malformation can cause a variety of symptoms including headaches, numbness, and weakness. This patient had a type 1 chiari malformation and was having bad headaches especially when coughing and sneezing. The incision is made in the back of the head. We removed the back of the skull and the top part of the C1 […]
This young baby was born with a ridge along the forehead and narrowing of the front of the skull. This was due to premature closure of a suture in the forehead called metopic suture. Surgery was done to expand that area, creating room for the developing of the bran and improving the cosmetic appearance.
This patient suffered from spinal cord compression and kyphosis. She had a laminectomy done from T12 to L4 years ago that went on to fuse the kyphosis. The spinal cord was severely compressed. I wasn’t entirely sure going into this one on how to fix it. I had several ideas in mind. As we were […]
This young woman noticed a lump forming on the back of her head that gradually enlarged over several months. Her CT scan showed a tumor in the skull. We also did an MRI that showed the tumor. We removed the tumor by making an incision over the area, making cuts around it, and removing it […]
This patient is a 35 year old who came to the ER with sepsis and inability to move her arms or her legs. She was essentially paralyzed from the neck down and incoherent. We took her to surgery after seeing that her MRI showed a bad infection in her neck, pushing on the spinal cord. […]
This patient had an endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists one month ago. Her symptoms are better. Her hands don’t fall asleep at night anymore. She has restored function. The endoscopic approach uses a smaller incision with a faster healing time and less potential for post operative scar formation. Both sides can be released […]
When our oldest was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis, he was prescribed an elemental diet and steroids. That did not seem like the best solution to my wife. She researched and found the best foods she could and prepared them for our family. Our son’s condition gradually improved and he is much healthier today…without all the […]
We attended the North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting this weekend. I learned and was reminded of many things and really enjoyed the conference. One thing I repeatedly thought about while we were there was the importance of good relationships. We had dinner with Dr. Khairi, one of my attending neurosurgeons from residency. It was […]
Each of us needs a community of family and friends. When one person is down, another is there to help. When a challenge arises, collective wisdom and effort is far more powerful than someone working alone.
I think the foundation of healthy living in general and of spinal health in particular is based on three components: 1. Community 2. Activity 3. Nutrition Proper attention to all three principles CAN help you achieve greater health. We try to consider each condition and every patient within this paradigm. Thinking more comprehensively this way […]