Adam P. Smith, MD, FAANS is a board certified neurosurgeon and Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute is his business providing neurosurgical information to the community. He is committed to the wellness of the patients he treats. Dr. Smith uses minimally invasive surgical approaches for the brain and spine, and uses the most up-to-date neuroimaging, surgical navigation, robotic and artificial intelligence modalities.

Right, Left, Ambidextrous… Who Cares?

Each time I meet a new patient, I inquire whether they are right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous. Most patient’s answer without hesitation, however some patients are inquisitive why this would matter to me. Whether dealing with a brain or spine problem, handedness is crucial in evaluation, and then in determining a treatment plan. If the patient…

The Liquid Biopsy

Brain biopsies are performed in one of the following cases: when a tumor is deep in the brain or when an MRI does not confirm if the abnormality is a tumor. A stereotactic brain biopsy involves making a small incision and inserting a needle through a small hole in the skull. A syringe is used…