"I have had great luck with this team. The doctors and nurses have gone out of their way to do everything they can to make my surgery and ongoing care smooth and successful. Always start with your local doctor, but know that you can be referred to expert specialists when you're ready for the next level of care." -Kevin
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Kevin recommends the experts at The University of Kansas Health System to those seeking new options in controlling the symptoms of essential tremor.
Kevin Dickerson is an electrician from Topeka diagnosed with Essential Tremor. As day to day functions became more and more difficult he sought answers at The University of Kansas Health System after seeing one of the television commercials.
Kevin received a DBS implant in November 2016, a procedure on the left side of his brain to control the right side of his body. He remained awake and aware during the surgery – an option he chose over general anesthesia – as his response to various instruction such as raising his arm helped neurosurgeon Jules Nazzaro, MD, precisely pinpoint the ideal locations for the DBS leads. Dr. Nazzaro performs more of this type of DBS surgery than almost any other physician in the country.
"We used to view the brain in four quadrants, but the new technology allows us to view it in eight sections, better targeting the area of the brain causing the tremor and avoiding delivering electricity to healthy tissue. We have unprecedented control and focus."
Rajesh Pahwa, MD, program director of The University of Kansas Health System's nationally recognized Parkinson's Disease Center of Excellence.
Xavier Cunningham fell from a tree house Saturday afternoon when a group of yellow jackets attacked him. He landed on the metal skewer, which pierced his face, penetrating his skull all the way to the back of his head.
The medical team determined that the skewer missed the major blood vessels — one big reason he survived.
“The skewer missed every critical structure. It was unbelievable that it passed to the depth it did and didn’t hit anything critical. It missed the eye, it missed the brain, it missed the spinal column.” - Koji Ebersole, MD, Envascular Neurosurgery
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Reggie Peoples had a pituitary adenoma removed on March 31, 2017. Physicians navigated the endoscope through Reggie's nasal passages to reach the tumor. The approach required minimal incisions and offered faster healing, reduced pain, reduced risk of infection and better functional and cosmetic results.
"Visual loss is common with large pituitary adenomas," says Dr. Chamoun, MD, Neurosurgery "Unfortunately for some patients, the diagnosis can be missed and the treatment delayed. When properly treated, most patients recover good vision and have an excellent outcome. Here, we provide comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment including state-of-the-art surgery and excellent medical care."
"This truly is one of the best places to receive treatment. The neurosurgical team in particular is the key factor to our patients' success. Being too aggressive can lead to complications, while being too careful doesn't bring the cure. It is a fine line to walk, and Dr. Chamoun walks it." Read more about his story here.
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