HA! Leisure reading, like anyone has even time for that. When I finished medschool and residency, I entered the world armed with the knowledge and skills and the unbridled confidence of a young doctor. And a healthy disdain for the
The Atlas and Axis bones are 2 of the most distinct bones in the spine. Also the first and second bones of the neck so they are often referred to as C1 and C2. And since they lie just below
The spine is a wonderful thing. Its flexible, yet strong, made of all of the possible types of connective tissue – bone, ligaments, cartilage, fibre and closely associated with enough muscle and tendon to consider the muscles an integral component
What makes a doctor come to a conclusion about a diagnosis and a treatment? What determines the need for a surgery or whether some other modality of treatment is an option?Is surgical decision making binary? The internet is a scary
If you act like you know what you’re going, you can do anything you want – except neurosurgery.
This story, which a patient’s family has been gracious enough to let me write, is of a boy with a brain tumor. In the brainstem. This is where we as neurosurgeons used every little bit of technology available in neurosurgery
… or where we discuss what to do. Let’s begin small and first focus on the transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs. These as we saw were blockages of smaller vessels in the brain that the body manages to clear away
The brain is a wondrous thing. It is the source of joy, and greed, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, lust and gluttony, and any other sins one could think of. But every once in a while things don’t go as planned.
Trigeminal neuralgia or tic douloureux is the condition where patients experience severe pain along one or more divisions of the trigeminal nerve (V nerve). This is not an uncommon disorder but patients often present after multiple consultations for dental disorders
Minimally invasive spine surgery was born from the idea that surgeons should be able to do more with less harm. Early surgeons were limited in their explorations of the human body by the lack of safe anesthesia, excessive blood loss,