Etymology of a “Shrink”

As a neurosurgeon, my patients occasionally refer to me by numerous friendly slang terms, including “doc”, “sawbones”, “spine guy”, “pop the topper”… I’m most commonly mistakenly called a neurologist, which is a similar specialty, but a non-surgical and completely separate field treating the nervous system. However, I’ve found it interesting that psychiatrists are routinely called…

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Why Are My Screws Loose?

Spinal fusion often involves placing metal screws with rods or plates to immobilize bones and allow them to “fuse”, or grow together. I always tell my patients that fusion is a two-part process. The first part is the actual surgery, in which the nerves are decompressed and then the metal implants are placed. However, the…

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How Much Better Will I Be After Lumbar Fusion?

The most critical question most patients ask when we discuss lumbar fusion is their chance of success. Historically, this was a very difficult question to answer.  Surgeons have known the main indications for lumbar fusion, which mostly include: lumbar spondylolisthesis (slippage of one vertebral body over another), recurrent disc herniation, or the inability to perform…

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Live-Streaming Brain Surgery

Most people use social media to show pictures or videos of themselves, their family or their friends doing activities. Live-streaming involves simultaneously recording and broadcasting media online in real-time. It is becoming more popular and statistics indicate 42% of the US population have live-streamed online content at some point. Nearly 44% say they watch less…

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Santa Likely Needs a Neurosurgeon

While we recognize not everyone reading RMBSI’s blog includes Santa Claus in their winter celebrations, we all should be gravely concerned about the various neurosurgical issues the Big Guy may manifest. The monk, Saint Nicholas, was born in an unknown month of 280 AD in modern-day Turkey.  So this year he would be ~ 1,739…

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Caution with a Cranioplasty

“So over at the VA, they had to replace it with plastic.  It ain’t as strong, so I don’t know if I oughta go sailin’ down no hill with nothin’ between the ground and my brains but a piece of government plastic” -Cousin Eddie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation For some neurological conditions, including infection, tumor…

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