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After graduating medical school and completing an internship, the doctor enters a neurosurgical residency program. A neurosurgical residency takes 5 to 7 years to complete. The residency program is rigorous and complex covering all areas of neurosurgery. Upon completion of a residency program, some neurosurgeons elect to receive advanced training in a 1- or 2-year fellowship in a particular area of study, such as spinal disorders, cerebrovascular disorders or brain tumors.
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Use of the Internet has grown at a remarkable rate over the past few years for business transactions, entertainment, research, and general communication. One of the most common reasons people access and search the Internet is for medical information.
There are many aspects of the Internet and electronic communication with which all patients must be familiar. When properly used, the Internet can provide significant education for patients and, perhaps more in the future, will provide improved communication between patient and physician, physician-to-physician interaction, and other professional resources for physicians. Searching for medical information on the Internet, however, can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is the result of narrowing of the cervical spinal canal by degenerative and congenital changes. Prompt surgical treatment is key, but the diagnosis can be difficult because the signs and symptoms can vary widely and there are no pathognomonic findings.
The Surgeon General warns that by the year 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 will be at increased risk for an osteoporosis-related fracture. A spinal fracture occurs when one of the bones in the spinal column weakens and collapses. Incredibly, two-thirds of patients who suffer from this type of fracture are never diagnosed or treated by a physician! Fortunately, there’s a minimally invasive procedure called Balloon Kyphoplasty that can help repair spinal fractures. Balloon Kyphoplasty can reduce back pain, increase mobility and has been performed on over 187,000 patients worldwide.
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The Spine-health back pain video library offers a full range of in-depth videos on back pain and neck pain that are reviewed and approved by members of Spine-health’s Medical Advisory Board.
These videos provide a highly informative overview of common spine conditions, pain management techniques, and back surgery and neck surgery procedures. These are the same videos used by leading spine physicians to demonstrate conditions, treatment methods and spine surgery procedures to patients in their own offices.
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A listing of most of the tumors that occur in the brain or its surrounding structures is presented here. Sometimes a tumor may have more than one name. The descriptions of how the tumors behave refer to the most common patterns since there are always exceptional cases (both better and worse). Higher grade malignancies are, in general, expected to grow faster than lower grade malignancies.
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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of damage to the brain. Mild cases may result in a brief change in mental state or consciousness, while severe cases may result in extended periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death.
A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. It is usually caused by a blow to the head. Cuts or bruises may be present on the head or face, but in many cases there are no signs of trauma. Many people assume that concussions involve a loss of consciousness, but that is not true. In most cases, a person with a concussion never loses consciousness.
Neurological Diagnostic Tests
Neurosurgeons use a variety of diagnostic tests to help identify the specific nature of neurological diseases, conditions, or injuries. The results of these tests can help in planning an appropriate course of treatment. The following are descriptions of some of the most frequently performed diagnostic tests used by neurosurgeons.
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Back and leg pain from lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) occurs when the space between the vertebrae is reduced, causing bone or tissue to come in contact with the spinal nerve. Most people with LSS get relief from pain when they bend forward or sit down. That's because this position opens the space around the pinched nerve. The X-STOP Spacer uses this principle and can provide sustained relief—even when you stand up straight and walk.
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Decisions regarding treatment for your back must be made carefully. In most instances, there is ample time to learn about your spinal condition so that you can make an educated decision about your care.
Learn more about some treatment options for the back:
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An extensive array of 3-D Spine Animations in regard to spine conditions, treatment and procedures.
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