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Ease Back Pain With Injection Therapy

Posted by Erasmus Morfe, DO on Sep 24, 2019 7:45:00 AM

After trying rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications to relieve your back pain to no avail, your primary care doctor has recommended injections. They make it sound as simple as getting a flu shot. And while injection therapy is much easier and less invasive than spine surgery, it’s not something we can perform at your first appointment.

What Is Injection Therapy?

Injection therapy is a conservative, nonoperative treatment for back pain. There are several different types of injection therapy, but often it involves injecting cortisone into the spine at the source of the pain. Cortisone is a steroid that helps reduce inflammation, and inflammation can be a root cause of spine pain.

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Topics: spine pain

John Hudson, M.D., Named 5280 Top Doc 2019

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Sep 9, 2019 5:59:00 PM

Neurosurgery One’s John Hudson, M.D., has been named a 5280 magazine 2019 Top Doc. Each year the magazine surveys area physicians and asks them who they would trust to treat their loved ones. Dr. Hudson was one of only four neurosurgeons to be named this year.

Committed to delivering the best outcomes for his patients, Dr. Hudson always explores relieving pain and restoring function using conservative, nonoperative treatments first. When surgery is necessary, he uses the least invasive techniques to keep pain, bleeding and the risk of infection low.

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Neurosurgery One Uses Advanced Imaging in Asleep DBS

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Sep 3, 2019 6:50:18 PM

Some of the best technology in CT scanning combined with high-quality neurosurgery earlier this month to create a "first" in the operating room at LAH and a first for Neurosurgery One.

It wasn't just the first at this hospital, or even in the state of Colorado. It was the first in the world, according to the neurosurgeon who made it happen: David VanSickle, MD, with Neurosurgery One.

On Aug. 8, 2019, Dr. VanSickle successfully used the advanced OmniTom CT scanner during Asleep Robotic Deep Brain Stimulation. It was the first surgical case in the world using the device.

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Topics: Asleep deep brain stimulation, parkinson's

Denver Neurosurgeons Expand Non-Surgical Spine Care Treatments

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on May 31, 2019 5:00:03 PM

NeurosurgeryOne, Denver’s most comprehensive brain and spine care practice, has expanded its non-surgical and pain management spine services by adding physiatry services. Physiatry is the use of non-surgical treatments aimed at restoring function, reducing pain, and improving quality of life for patients.

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Topics: back pain, Denver spine surgeon, pain medications, spine specialist, injections for back pain, expert spine neurosurgeon, nonsurgical spine treatment

Dr. Fotis G. Souslian, MD, FAANS, joins Denver’s Neurosurgery One

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Mar 28, 2019 8:32:00 AM

NeurosurgeryOne, Denver’s most comprehensive neurosurgical practice, welcomed a new neurosurgeon to its practice. Dr. Fotis G. Souslian, MD, FAANS, will begin serving patients April 1 in the practice’s Lakewood clinic on the campus of St. Anthony Hospital.

Dr. Souslian is a board-certified neurosurgeon who completed a renowned orthopedic and neurosurgery fellowship in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. He has extensive experience treating orthopedic disorders of the spine, ranging from degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine to minimally invasive techniques in treating sacroiliac joint dysfunction and pain. He brings to St. Anthony Hospital over half a decade’s worth of experience of complex spine surgery and neurotrauma at a Level 1 trauma hospital in St. Paul, Minn., a Level 1 trauma center.

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Topics: Expert Denver Neurosurgeon, Fotis Souslian, expert spine neurosurgeon

Dr. Kofi Kessey Joins Denver Neurosurgery Practice

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Mar 18, 2019 6:19:45 PM

Neurosurgery One, Denver’s most comprehensive neurosurgical practice, has added a neurosurgeon to its clinical team. Dr. Kofi Kessey, MD, PhD, FAANS, will serve patients in the practice’s Lakewood clinic on the campus of St. Anthony Hospital.

Dr. Kessey is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain tumors both benign and malignant, metastatic disease, and degenerative spine conditions, particularly in the cervical and lumbar spine. He partners with his patients to find ideal treatment plans, offering choices that embrace the newest technology and medically proven treatments. He performs open and minimally invasive surgery as well as radiosurgery.

Dr. Kessey has a special interest in treating elderly patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) who are experiencing gait imbalance, urinary symptoms, and cognitive decline. He has developed an evaluation protocol for NPH patients that allows him to predict whether or not they would benefit significantly from surgery, reducing unnecessary procedures.

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Possible Causes of Lower Back Pain

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Jan 8, 2019 8:19:00 AM

Understanding the causes of lower back pain is the first step in finding a solution to relieve the pain. First, know that you’re not alone. Statistics show that up to 80 percent of Americans will have back or spine pain at some time in their lives. Much of the back pain we see at NeurosurgeryOne is in the lower back, in the area called the lumbar spine. The good news is that while there are many causes of lower back pain, it usually gets better on its own or with a few home remedies. Most patients will never have to visit a Denver spine surgeon.

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Topics: spine pain, lower back pain causes, causes of lower back pain, causes of low back pain

What’s Causing My Sciatica, and How Can I Get Sciatica Relief?

Posted by John Hudson, MD, PhD on Dec 18, 2018 8:39:00 AM

If you have stabbing, shooting spine pain that runs down one side of your lower body, and a feeling of burning or tingling, you may have sciatica. Sciatica is a type of spine pain that typically gets worse when you remain in one position for a long time, and even when you cough or sneeze. It also can make your leg(s) feel numb or weak. In my experience as a neurosurgeon, about half of people will experience mild sciatica at some point in their life — usually after age 30. Most will get sciatica relief within six weeks with self-care treatments such as over-the-counter pain medicines, light exercise, and ice and heat.

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Topics: denver spine surgery, sciatica causes, sciatica relief

Relieving Spine Pain with Epidural Steroid Injections

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Dec 4, 2018 8:25:00 AM

When treatments like medications and physical therapy don’t do enough to relieve your spine pain, an epidural steroid injection may help. Injections for back pain deliver powerful medicine at or near the source of your pain and often helps relieve spine pain for months.

Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions patients ask about injections for spine pain.

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Topics: spine pain, injections for back pain, epidural steroid injections

South Denver Neurosurgery expands services throughout Denver

Posted by Adair Prall, MD on Aug 22, 2018 9:20:00 AM

South Denver Neurosurgery has developed an outstanding reputation among consumers and referring physicians for our high standard of neurosurgery care over the past 15 years. Since its inception, South Denver Neurosurgery has become one of the most experienced and comprehensive neurosurgery practices in Colorado. Our neurosurgeons specialize in spine surgery, brain tumors, aneurysms, trauma, trigeminal neuralgia, epilepsy, and DBS for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. We also believe strongly in being an advocate for our patients in an increasingly complex health care environment and offering them the full complement of cranial and spinal procedures, so they can obtain the treatment that best suits their condition, health, and personal goals.

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Topics: Denver spine surgeon, denver spine surgery, spine specialist, neurosurgeon