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.
As Denver’s most comprehensive neurosurgical practice, NeurosurgeryOne would like to welcome Denver neurosurgeon Angela M. Bohnen, MD. Dr. Bohnen will be seeing patients at our Littleton and Lone Tree offices. The fellowship-trained neurosurgeon brings with her eight years of experience treating primary, metastatic and skull base brain tumors, as well as spine disorders.
Dr. Bohnen completed her neurosurgical residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, where she studied under internationally renowned mentor Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD. Her advanced training allows her to perform minimally invasive brain and spine surgery as well as awake craniotomies with brain mapping to remove cancerous lesions from functional parts of the brain. She treats a wide array of neurological disorders, including pituitary tumors, meningiomas, spinal cord tumors, herniated discs, and cervical and lumbar stenosis.
If you suffer from back pain or neck pain and come to us for help, you can rest assured that we try to use the most effective but least invasive therapy appropriate for your condition and goals. That’s why we have both neurosurgeons and physiatrists in our practice to offer comprehensive spine options, including spine surgery, injection therapy, and rehabilitation. Although our neurosurgeons have always teamed with pain specialists and rehabilitation experts, we now have two physiatrists within our practice -- Erasmus G. Morfe, D.O., and Jason Peragine, M.D. -- who provide nonsurgical treatments to help reduce pain, restore function and improve quality of life.
If a patient comes to our practice having already tried medication and physical therapy, the next step might be spinal injections. Spinal injections can be used before or after spine surgery, or sometimes can help patients avoid spine surgery.
Same surgery. Same surgeon. Same hospital.
You really can’t blame Dee Vashus for expecting the recovery from her May 2019 lumbar surgery to be the same as it was when Denver neurosurgeon David Vansickle, M.D., performed the same procedure nearly 10 years ago.
But instead, thanks to a new program at NeurosurgeryOne and Littleton Adventist Hospital, the experience was like night and day in terms of reducing her postsurgical pain and easing her recovery.
Although Dee’s outcome isn’t a perfectly controlled experiment, her results do tell a very compelling story. She believes that the difference in her recovery can be directly attributed to a new program called ERAS, which stands for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. ERAS is designed to get patients home from the hospital sooner, decrease their use of opioids and other narcotic pain medications after surgery, and get them back to regular activities as soon as possible.
If you have back pain or neck pain, we offer a range of therapies, including rehabilitation, injection therapy, and spine surgery. But it’s what you do outside of our offices every day that might be the best complementary treatment and offer you the most lasting pain relief. That’s because what you eat, how you move, and when you sleep can have an effect on inflammation and back pain.
Chronic Inflammation Is the Enemy
Inflammation is the body’s immune response to an infection, irritant, or injury. When any part of the body is damaged, the immune system sends lots of extra blood cells to the area to protect it and aid in its healing. Those extra blood cells are what cause wounds to become red, hot, and swollen. Once the injury heals, the inflammation goes away.
Recovering after spine surgery is most successful if you prepare well before your surgery. Most people will have restrictions on twisting and bending for at least the first six weeks after their procedure. During that time, you’ll also need to avoid lifting, pushing, or pulling objects that weigh more than than 5 pounds.
At NeurosurgeryOne in Denver, we want to make sure you are prepared for a safe and easy transition to your home upon discharge from the hospital after spine surgery. Here are a few tips to get your residence and your daily routine ready so you can recover faster from spine surgery.
Topics: spine surgery recovery
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.
Topics: spine pain
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.
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.
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.