How Do I Prepare for Brain Surgery?

May 13th, 2016

The prospect of undergoing brain surgery is scary. You’re facing the unknown. You probably feel vulnerable. Questions, important and trivial, fill your thoughts. Preparing for your procedure will empower you. By taking charge of those things you can control, you feel calmer and better able to cope.

Prepare for brain surgery by speaking frankly with your doctors.

Communicate openly with your neurosurgeon. Research your condition. Ask lots of questions. Arm yourself with information. If you have a thorough understanding of the surgery, you can partner with your medical team. A patient isn’t a passive subject. Actively participating in your care helps you stay strong through the procedure and during recovery.

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What Is Spinal Fusion Surgery?

March 7th, 2016

Are you considering a spinal fusion? A surgeon may recommend spinal fusion to relieve pain and restore a person’s ability to perform day-to-day activities. Only you and your doctor can decide if this operation is right for you. 

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What is Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

March 1st, 2016

Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is a minimally invasive procedure for treating the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Endoscopic surgery uses small incisions and recovery is generally faster than from open surgery.

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How Exercise Boosts a Brain

January 8th, 2016

Lots of thing can go wrong with the human brain. Like every other organ in the body, it can get sick or suffer from trauma. If you have an acute condition, such as a brain aneurysm, you’ll need a neurosurgeon to repair it. Brain tumors may require the attention of an oncologist. A chemical imbalance is often treated by a psychiatrist.

What if you don’t have a condition that needs treatment but you’re interested in keeping your brain healthy? A growing number of studies point to exercise as a way of keeping the brain healthier into old age. Here’s a rundown of two recent studies that could get you thinking about the role of exercise in brain health.

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Risky Business: On the Job Back Injuries

December 1st, 2015

Does your job put you at risk for a spine injury? Some occupations are associated with higher rates of musculoskeletal injuries. If your job requires heavy physical work, you’re no doubt familiar with the dull ache of over-used muscles in the low back.

A back injury, however, goes beyond temporary muscle soreness. An injury can cause you to miss time at work and may result in lasting damage to your spine.

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An Overview of Brain Aneurysm Surgery

November 9th, 2015

A brain aneurysm diagnosis can be terrifying. Even though a ruptured aneurysm is somewhat infrequent, it can still signify a very serious illness that can lead to disability and even death.
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Will Insurance Cover My Surgery?

November 5th, 2015

Major surgery raises questions, such as concerns about your diagnosis and treatment. New patients may worry about paying for your care. You may be uncertain what your insurance covers. Most patients want to know what to expect from their insurance company before going into surgery.
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Spine Updates in 2014

March 27th, 2015

Clinical innovation moves at breakneck speed, and this year saw a number of ‘firsts’ in spine surgery. Here are four that could potentially change the spine industry:
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