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Removing the Back of a Vertebra — Laminectomy

A compressed nerve is not a happy nerve. Much of the chronic pain we suffer outside of our joints is due to nerve compression involving our spinal cord and the nerve roots exiting the spinal cord. This can show itself in back pain directly at the site of the compression or it can show itself […]

  • Posted on: Jan 15 2021
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Pay Attention to Those Facial Twitches

At Texas Neurosurgery, our board-certified neurosurgeons deal with many situations, such as aneurysms or vertebral fractures that are instantly serious and often could present life and death possibilities. But we sometimes come across a condition that starts quite innocuously, often with an occasional twitching in an eyelid, yet it can still end up requiring surgery […]

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2020
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Fractures in the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

Last month, our blog addressed a broken neck, less dramatically known as a fractured vertebra in the cervical spine, the seven vertebrae that make up our neck. Just so we don’t overlook the 17 other vertebrae that make up our spine, this month let’s get into fractures of the thoracic or lumbar spine. Our Texas […]

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2020
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Fractured Cervical Vertebrae

When most people hear the phrase “broken neck” they assume the person is now going to be a quadriplegic for the rest of his or her life. In cases of traumatic injury, of course that can be the result. But a broken neck actually simply means the person has a fractured vertebra in their cervical […]

  • Posted on: Oct 15 2020
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Surgery through a Tiny Incision — Microdiscectomy

At Texas Neurosurgery, we often have patients come in complaining of pain, numbness, and weakness in a certain extremity, typically a leg and/or foot. They are showing the classic symptoms of nerve compression, probably on one of the nerve roots exiting the spinal canal to the impacted area. But the patient has heard horror stories […]

  • Posted on: Sep 15 2020
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Arteriovenous Malformation

Branching off of our arteries are a network of capillaries whose job is to deliver oxygen in the blood to the surrounding tissues. Once the oxygen has been taken, the capillaries then return the blood to the veins for the trip back to the heart to restart the process. When a person has an arteriovenous […]


Removing Spinal Cord Tumors

Tumors are simply an abnormal growth of tissue, whether benign or malignant. When they form in or around the spinal cord, they can upset the connection between the brain and the nerves, or they can inhibit the spinal cord’s blood supply. These are known as intradural spinal tumors, and they often require surgical removal. Our […]

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2020
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Fusion vs. Artificial Disc Replacement

At Texas Neurosurgery, when patients have tried conservative approaches for their back pain for six months or longer to no avail, the next option is often surgery. This is especially true if their back pain is making simple everyday activities an exercise in torture. People need to be able to live. Patients wonder what the […]


Removing Spinal Tumors

Tumors are the abnormally rapid growth of tissue, where the normal turnover of tissue cells is outpaced by the abnormal cell growth. The result is a mass of tissue, a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. When they grow in the spinal area, our Texas Neurosurgery team removes them with surgery. What kinds of […]


When a Vertebra Moves Out of Place

You could ask 100 people what spondylolisthesis is, and you’d get nothing but blank looks. It’s actually difficult to understand how spondylolisthesis can even happen. This long word is the term for a condition where one of your vertebrae slides forward over the bone below it. It is most common in the lumbar spine, the […]


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