Adam P. Smith, MD, FAANS is a board certified neurosurgeon and operates Rocky Mountain Brain and Spine Institute as his own private practice. He is committed to the wellness of each patient. Dr. Smith uses minimally invasive surgical approaches for the brain and spine, and uses the most up-to-date neuroimaging, surgical navigation, and robot modalities.

Stem Cells — What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

The United States has the largest number of stem cell clinics in the world. For anywhere between $2,500 to upwards of $20,000 cash, anyone can have stem cells injected in their spine. Most clinics offering this therapy advertise the regenerative nature of their procedure. “…industry-leading experience”, “… published research”, “… specialized training”. I’ve personally heard…

How Often Do Football Players Experience Neck Injuries?

Many of us watching Monday Night Football, Raiders versus the Broncos, saw the concerning injury to Raider’s cornerback Gareon Conley. While attempting to tackle Bronco’s Royce Freeman, the Raider’s safety, Abram, caught the top of Conley’s helmet with his leg, producing sudden axial compression and flexion. One of the most dangerous compression/ flexion injuries to…

Neurosurgery In the United States Versus Other Countries

It has recently been purported that other civilized nations have better healthcare than the United States.  If we were to adopt systems similar to Canada or Europe, then our care would be cheaper, faster and better. Canada and some European countries have tax-subsidized healthcare.  Legal residents, but no illegal immigrants, obtain “free” healthcare.  But by…

What Can Neurosurgery Tell Us About Injuries From Southern Border Crossings?

Unauthorized wall-jumping has led to many deaths, but from 2012 to 2017 64 patients suffered from cranial or spine trauma from wall-jumping. Read the article below to learn more about these injuries and how these patients are treated for their injuries. The journal, Neurosurgery, recently published an article on neurotrauma from unauthorized wall-jumping across the…