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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Opiates Before Spine Surgery

In May 2018, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-22 Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. This limits the number of opioid pills a healthcare provider can prescribe and provides an outline for opiate management. From a surgeon’s perspective, we almost never provide preoperative opioids. After surgery, we try to incorporate ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) techniques…

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Thanksgiving

This week’s blog will completely focus on Thanksgiving and skip the roundabout link to neurosurgery we usually try to include. “….and he realized as he spoke that the truth was slipping away from him, and soon he would no longer know what the truth was.” Paraphrased from Leo Tolstoy’s, War and Peace How did you…

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