Crani On the Brainy… Will I Ever Be the Same?

Inca’s were known to perform trepanations, however the exact purpose is unknown. Trepanation, or craniotomy, is the act of making a hole in the skull to reach the brain. Skulls from many ancient cultures, including the Inca’s, show evidence that these civilizations successfully trephined themselves. Its apparent the patients survived these procedures, although we can…

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The American Healthcare Crisis

There is no question that America has a healthcare crisis. At the recent political debates, we have heard versions of Medicare-for-all plans. “People who have health care under Medicare-for-all will have no premiums, no deductibles, no co-payments, no out-of-pocket expenses. Yes, they will pay more in taxes, but less in health care for what they…

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Old Wives’ Tales And Occipital Horns

“No swimming until an hour after eating”. “You’ll go blind if you sit too close to the TV”. “Sugar makes kids hyper”. These are examples of myths we’ve all been told by our parents. These can be best classified as, “Because I said so”, tales. There is no scientific consensus backing any of these statements.…

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The Pain-free Gene

In a practice performing spine surgeries, pain management is a common topic. Attempts to minimize postoperative pain involve minimally invasive techniques, which have been shown to limit pain. Consideration of ERAS techniques, including semi-awake procedures, also helps diminish postoperative pain and avoidance of narcotic medications. Recently, it has been found that some patients have a…

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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Rush Medical College and has been in practice for nearly 10 years. He is passionately concerned about the care of his patients and personally speaks with every patient during consultation and before surgery. He is committed to the wellness of each of his patients and continuously offers the…

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