Tag: neurosurgery

Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Professional banker and grandfather, Dennis Hesker, 62, loved spending time with his family but found he was slowing down due to the emergence of some mysterious pain in his back and shoulders in early 2012. The pain was making it difficult to do the things he loved, including playing with his grandchildren and working on

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A whole new life after epilepsy surgery

A whole new life after epilepsy surgery

Jacob Koesterer remembers becoming disoriented and blanking out for a few seconds frequently as a kid, a side effect from having a brain tumor removed before age 1. Growing up, Koesterer suffered through various levels of seizures, and when he was 16, he had his first grand mal seizure, and it became clear that something

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Brain tumor symptoms and when to seek help

Brain tumor symptoms and when to seek help

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 23,000 people were diagnosed with malignant primary brain tumors (cancerous tumors that originate in the brain) in 2013. Unfortunately, detecting the presence of a brain tumor is not always straightforward. Depending on the type, size and location of the tumor, symptoms can appear in many different ways and at

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Brain aneurysm strikes young athlete

Brain aneurysm strikes young athlete

Evan Phelps had a wonderful Thanksgiving with his family, filled with fun and lots of food. Like the good athlete he is, he stuck to his exercise routine and went right back to the gym the Friday after to work off the turkey and pie.
What he did not expect was to have a subarachnoid

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Epilepsy surgery patient is seizure-free nine years and counting

Epilepsy surgery patient is seizure-free nine years and counting

From his early teen years, Dan Short was plagued by epilepsy. Complex partial seizures kept him from living a normal life. He tried numerous medications to stop the seizures, but they came with unpleasant or harmful side effects like weight gain and loss of cognitive ability.
Even with medications, his condition was not well-controlled. Sometimes,

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CNRN credentials keep neuro nurses on the cutting edge of care

CNRN credentials keep neuro nurses on the cutting edge of care

Nursing is a broad and varied career with many opportunities. Some nurses choose to practice their craft in a variety of fields, but many, like Lisa Roberts, RN, CNRN, find their calling in a certain specialty and dedicate their lives to it.
Roberts spent the early years of her nursing career working in nursing homes

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Brain injury awareness month

Brain injury awareness month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and this year the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) wants to remind all Americans that brain injuries can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere.
A brain injury occurs when a blow, jolt or bump to the head disrupts the normal function of the brain. According to the BIAA, 1.7 million

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Area Man Helped by "Awake Craniotomy" – Neurosurgery While Awake

Area Man Helped by "Awake Craniotomy" – Neurosurgery While Awake

Perhaps you’ve received a copy of our quarterly Innovate magazine with the cover story featuring the neurosurgery procedure “Awake Craniotomy,” a procedure where a brain tumor patient is brought out of sedation to full consciousness while on the operating room table. The patient can then interact with the doctor during the procedure, as it’s the most

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Sheryl Crow Brain Tumor May Be "Bump in the Road"

Sheryl Crow Brain Tumor May Be "Bump in the Road"

Musician Sheryl Crow announced she was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, something she described to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a “bump in the road.” 
The Grammy-winner told the Las Vegas Review-Journal she was worried about her memory (as fans know, Sheryl Crow has on occasion forgotten lyrics on stage).  Her physician suggested an MRI.
“I

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Brain Surgery While Awake? Yes. Advanced Techniques Allow For Awake Craniotomy

Brain Surgery While Awake? Yes. Advanced Techniques Allow For Awake Craniotomy

To an outsider it sounds almost too impossible to believe, but yes, neurosurgeons can operate on a brain while the patient is awake and talking.
It’s called an awake craniotomy and 12 to 15 times per year, Washington University neurosurgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital put a patient to sleep, remove part of their patient’s skull, exposing

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