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.
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.