Performing surgery to remove a brain tumor while the patient is awake is an emerging surgical approach performed by specially trained neurosurgeons that allows the removal of the greatest amount of tumor with the least amount of damage to healthy brain tissue and functioning. It's a procedure called awake craniotomy.
Painful peripheral neuropathy causes excruciating pain most often in the hands and feet. Many people with this condition often end up taking pain medications that either don’t help or cause side effects. While this condition is difficult to treat, there are options and patients don’t have to simply accept the pain and give up activities that bring them joy. If you have painful peripheral neuropathy, it’s best to work with a board-certified pain medicine specialist and/or a neurosurgeon to find the right treatment for you. NeurosurgeryOne has a team of neurosurgeons and pain specialists who work together to treat painful peripheral neuropathy using over-the-counter and prescription medications, topical pain relief patches, and injection therapy. If those treatments fail, you may be a candidate for neuromodulation. In this blog, we take a closer look at painful peripheral neuropathy and when to consider neuromodulation.
When deciding to have deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, you want to be confident it will work. But results vary widely between centers. Patients considering DBS should be sure to know the revision rate and infection rate of the surgeon they are considering.
Neck pain is a common ailment, and it might be plaguing you as you start to feel the effects of working from ad hoc home office or slumped over your dining room table. The vast majority of the time, neck pain can be alleviated with improved posture, NSAIDs, ice and heat treatments, massage and physical therapy. But not always.
Wissam Asfahani, MD, a board-certified neurosurgeon is the most recent addition to the NeurosurgeryOne team. Dr. Asfahani will see patients in our newly opened Parker office, located in the medical office building adjoining Parker Adventist Hospital. A fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who treats both spine disorders and brain disorders joins us from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he served at a regional trauma center. Dr. Asfahani has 12 years of experience treating a wide range of back, neck, and brain disorders. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery for brain tumors.
Radiofrequency Ablation Relieves Facet Joint Pain in the Spine
Many patients with spine pain want to try all options, if they can, before spine surgery. One nonsurgical treatment that is particularly effective for specific types of spine pain is radiofrequency ablation, says Erasmus Morfe, DO, a fellowship-trained physiatrist with NeurosurgeryOne.
Jason E. McGowan, MD, a board-eligible neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, recently joined Denver’s most comprehensive neurosurgical practice. NeurosurgeryOne is honored to have Dr. McGowan seeing patients at its Lakewood office on the campus of St. Anthony Hospital, 11750 W. Second Place, Suite 255, and its Arvada clinic at 16280 W. 64th Avenue.
Dr. McGowan completed a fellowship in complex spinal deformity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with advanced training in scoliosis surgery and spinal reconstruction. He uses the latest surgical techniques, including 360-degree “Circumferential” spinal surgery, to shorten hospital stays and reduce recovery time for his patients. He treats a wide range of spinal conditions, including degenerative disc disease, complex spinal deformity, scoliosis, spinal trauma, and neurotrauma. Dr. McGowan also is trained to treat all types of brain tumors.
NeurosurgeryOne is pleased to welcome Andrew Romeo, MD, to Denver’s most comprehensive neurosurgical practice. The fellowship-trained stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon brings with him eight years of experience treating epilepsy, movement disorders, brain tumors and spinal disorders both surgically and noninvasively. He is now seeing patients at our clinics in Littleton and Lone Tree.
“I am excited to work alongside such a dynamic multidisciplinary team to provide the most up-to-date and high-quality care for neurosurgical patients in the region,” Dr. Romeo says.
Specializing in the treatment of epilepsy with minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Romeo provides his patients with shorter recovery times and smaller scars than they would get with open surgery. He also uses the latest surgical techniques, including deep brain stimulation, in the treatment of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor.
Spine surgery outcomes obviously rely greatly on the quality and experience of your Denver neurosurgeon and the care provided while you’re in the hospital. But many patients are surprised to learn that they can play a significant role in the rate of their recovery, too. One factor that affects how your body responds during and after surgery is your nutrition.