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Dr. Arteaga Neurosurgen. Spine Surgery


THE SPECIALIST UNIT

We are an innovative team in cervical, dorsal and lumbar spine surgery. Pioneers in minimally invasive surgery, spinal arthroplasty and endoscopy of the spine. We apply the latest and latest techniques with the objective of completely restoring the spinal functionality for a quick incorporation to normal, that is, a personal and work life without pain. In cranial surgery, we are strict advocates of minimally invasive surgery by applying the keyhole concept and endoscopic intracranial techniques and the base of the skull. We treat chronic neuropathic pain by percutaneous techniques and neuromodulation. We apply the latest modalities of reconstruction of damaged peripheral nerves.

AREA OF KNOWLEDGE

Spine Surgery

Is surgery for neck or back pain necessary? Sometimes. It is reasonable to consider spine surgery if the pain has not diminished after months of non-surgical treatment, if pain does not respond to medication, or if you're unable to complete basic daily activities. Some surgery options are minimally invasive (microdiscectomy for a herniated disc) and allow for quick recovery, while other types of surgery (a posterolateral fusion for degenerative disc disease) are more extensive.

Brain and Cranial Surgery

The term "brain surgery" refers to various medical procedures that involve repairing structural problems in the brain. There are numerous types of brain surgery. The type used is based on the area of the brain and the condition being treated. Advances in medical technology have enabled surgeons to operate on portions of the brain without a single incision in or near the head.

Brain surgery is a critical and complicated process. The type of brain surgery done depends highly on the condition being treated. For example, a brain aneurysm can be repaired using a catheter that's introduced into an artery in the groin. If the aneurysm has ruptured, an open surgery called craniotomy may be used. Surgeons, while being as careful and thorough as possible, treat each surgery on a case-by-case basis.

Pain Surgery

Chronic pain can be debilitating and can take an emotional toll on you and your family. The neurosurgeons at Boston Medical Center may help you get relief. We are experts in the management and treatment of chronic pain. We offer interventional techniques, implantable devices and open surgery to treat a range of conditions, including chronic regional pain, failed back surgery, post-laminectomy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and trigeminal neuralgia. Combining advanced training and experience, state-of-the-art equipment, a patient-centered environment, and a multidisciplinary approach, we deliver effective treatments that are right for you. It's exceptional care, without exception.

Treatment options for chronic pain include using injection treatments, implantable devices and open surgery. We work with the Pain Anesthesiology clinic to coordinate injections of anti-inflammatory medicines and nerve root blocks in the spine as a technique for both diagnosing and treating pain that originates in the neck and back. In addition, we perform spinal cord and deep brain stimulation for long-term pain that has been resistant to other treatment methods. We also offer microvascular decompression and rhizotomy for trigeminal neuralgia.

A common treatment that is helpful to many patients with certain kinds of pain in the neck and back is pain pump or stimulator implantation. This kind of treatment is appropriate for some patients who continue to suffer from pain after having undergone previous spine operations. We are able to implant specialized devices in your body that deliver medication (pumps) or electrical impulses (spinal stimulators) to the spinal cord via tiny incisions. The medication or electrical stimulation may be able to control your condition or reduce pain.

Pain management can be complex, and we work collaboratively with other members of your pain management team. We consider your pain management specialist to be a key part of your treatment team, and we will work closely with him or her to help you get the most benefit from your treatment. We also have relationships with a wide network of allied healthcare professionals who work as a team to address emotional aspects of dealing with chronic pain, as well as to assist with developing coping mechanisms such as physical therapy, biofeedback, and relaxation techniques.

Nerve Surgery

Although peripheral nerves are able to heal themselves after minor injuries, serious injuries may require surgery.

Our surgeons specialize in treating nerve injuries throughout the body. We have extensive experience treating injuries to the brachial plexus, a network of nerves near the neck and shoulder that control the shoulder, arm and hand. We also offer specialized treatments to help restore nerves damaged during previous surgeries or other medical procedures (iatrogenic injuries).

Our surgeons are at the forefront of developing new techniques for reconstructing peripheral nerves severed or damaged by injury or tumor. One highly sophisticated procedure transfers healthy nerves from elsewhere in the body to a damaged area to "reanimate" body parts and restore normal functionality and feeling