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.

Patient Preference Regarding Invasiveness

Lumbar decompression for sciatica is a very common procedure, being performed over 480,000 times per year in the United States. Traditionally, decompression was performed as an “open” approach. During “open” decompression, often a multi-inch incision is made, the large back muscles are elevated off the spine, bone is removed, and the nerves are decompressed. However…

Predicting Aneurysms

Predicting Aneurysms

Most brain aneurysms are thought to be congenital, meaning people are likely born with them. A weak point in the blood vessel wall allows an outpouching which can stay dormant or burst. About 5% of people have an aneurysm, however many are unaware since symptoms may not develop until rupture. Warning signs are often subtle…

Gait Analysis1

Gait Analysis

On November 19, 2021, the current health summary of President Biden was released by Dr. Kevin O’Connor, DO, the physician of the President. Of note, the current White House physician (who is not the Surgeon General) was Dr. Biden’s personal physician prior to taking office. It is very unusual for the President’s previous PCP to…