Types of Surgery for Epilepsy

 

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Epilepsy
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Dr. Ilyas Munshi serves as a privately practicing neurosurgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana. Experienced in treating a comprehensive range of conditions of the brain and spinal cord, Dr. Ilyas Munshi maintains a particular focus on surgical treatment of epilepsy.

When a patient’s epilepsy indicates that surgery might be the most appropriate option, the surgeon takes into consideration the type of epilepsy when determining the procedure type. The majority of patients who undergo epilepsy surgery receive what surgeons call a resection, in which the surgeon removes the area of the brain responsible for the patient’s seizures. This is the form of epilepsy surgery with the highest success rate for reducing or stopping seizure activity.

Patients who do not undergo a resective surgery may instead be candidates for a disconnective procedure. Unlike a resection, which is potentially curative, these surgeries primarily aim to stop the spread of seizures and thus limit their severity.

The disconnective surgery may be helpful if a patient’s seizure activity takes place in multiple parts of the brain or in a part of the brain on which surgery is too risky. A corpus callosotomy, for example, enables the surgeon to cut off the nerve connections between the two halves of the brain, thus preventing inter-hemispheric seizure spread. Rarely, a surgeon will instead choose to perform a multiple subpial transection, which can provide some relief for frequent and severe seizures by making incisions into multiple relevant parts of the brain.

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2017 Annual Meeting

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Congress of Neurological Surgeons
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A graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, Ilyas Munshi, MD, serves as a neurosurgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Ilyas Munshi remains active in his professional community and belongs to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), which will hold the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting October 7 through 11.

The CNS Annual Meeting will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and will feature a robust scientific program with presentations and posters on the latest neurosurgery research. Attendees can choose from a variety of lunch and dinner seminars, with titles including Hematology and Coagulation for Neurosurgeons; Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes: Diagnosis and Management; Spinal Column Metastases Management; Controversies in Spinal Deformity Surgery; and Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy for Brain Tumors.

This year’s featured speakers include Alan R. Cohen, Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and Geoff Colvin, a best-selling author and the senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine.A graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, Ilyas Munshi, MD, serves as a neurosurgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Ilyas Munshi remains active in his professional community and belongs to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), which will hold the 2017 CNS Annual Meeting October 7 through 11.

The CNS Annual Meeting will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and will feature a robust scientific program with presentations and posters on the latest neurosurgery research. Attendees can choose from a variety of lunch and dinner seminars, with titles including Hematology and Coagulation for Neurosurgeons; Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndromes: Diagnosis and Management; Spinal Column Metastases Management; Controversies in Spinal Deformity Surgery; and Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy for Brain Tumors.

This year’s featured speakers include Alan R. Cohen, Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and Geoff Colvin, a best-selling author and the senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine.

The Use of Neuronavigation in Brain Surgery

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A neurosurgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana, and a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, Dr. Ilyas Munshi has owned a private practice providing neurological diagnosis and surgery since 2001. Dr. Ilyas Munshi devotes his time to brain, spinal, and peripheral nerve conditions, and is well-versed in computer-assisted, image-guided surgery, also called neuronavigation.

Image-guided neuronavigation helps doctors to plan the safest and most efficient approach for a surgical procedure by allowing the surgeon to view the internal area on which he or she is about to operate.

Neuronavigation uses the principle of stereotaxis: generic points, present in every brain, are combined with MRI or CT scan images of the patient’s cranium, offering a personalized view of the brain in question. This technology lets the doctor try out different points of access – to reach a tumor, for instance – before making even a single cut.

Cranial surgery benefits substantially from neuronavigation technology. The ability to plan ahead means the opening that must be made in the skull can be smaller and better placed, for optimal access. Tumors located in important areas of the brain can be removed with considerably less risk of damage to the patient’s motor and mental functions.

Using Spinal Injections for the Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

 

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Dr. Ilyas Munshi is currently a neurosurgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana. He focuses on the treatment of brain and spine complications. As part of his practice, Dr. Ilyas Munshi uses spinal injections to treat his patients.

A spinal injection is a combination of a local anesthetic pain relief medicine and corticosteroid. A corticosteroid is a strong anti-inflammatory medication. The local anesthetic medication will provide pain relief immediately. The spinal injection will be injected in the space around the nerve roots and spinal cord. An injection is usually used when the symptoms are coming from spinal stenosis, and other nonsurgical treatments aren’t working the way they should to take care of the pain.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of open spaces within the spine and it can put pressure on the spinal cord, as well as the nerves that travel throughout the spine to the legs and arms. Spinal stenosis usually appears in the neck and lower back. Lumbar spinal stenosis can cause pain that comes from the lower spine and goes down to the legs and hips. The injections may relieve pain for 2-3 weeks. The injections will help manage pain, but will not cure spinal stenosis.

Understanding Hydrocephalus

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At his private practice, Dr. Ilyas Munshi, a board-certified neurosurgeon, cares for people with hydrocephalus as well as a variety of other spine and brain issues. A physician active in his specialist community, Dr. Ilyas Munshi belongs to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Hydrocephalus is a serious condition wherein cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates in the ventricles of the brain. CSF plays a key role in protecting and nourishing the brain and other nervous tissues, but if the fluid is not kept in proper balance, it can exert undue pressure on the brain and cause permanent tissue damage.

Doctors see hydrocephalus in patients ranging from new born infants to the elderly. Symptoms of the condition include headaches, vision problems, loss of balance, memory issues, and nausea. If hydrocephalus goes undiagnosed or untreated, it often results in the patient’s death.

Modern treatments for CSF accumulation in the brain frequently involve surgically inserting a shunt to help the liquid drain, thus reducing pressure on the brain tissue. The treatment is effective for many, allowing them to recover and live a normal life.

Learning About Pituitary Gland Tumors

 

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Pituitary Gland Tumors
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Dr. Ilyas Munshi got his medical degree from Rush College in Chicago and completed his residency in neurosurgery through the prestigious University of Chicago program. Having been named one of Newsweek’s 2011 list of leaders in neurosurgery, Ilyas Munshi specializes in spine and peripheral nerve surgery and he has a special interest in treating tumors on the pituitary gland.

The pituitary gland controls many of the body’s functions, including metabolism, bone growth, melanin production in the skin, sperm production, and menstrual cycle regulation. While pituitary gland tumors are part of the endocrine system and are not technically brain tumors, they are located so close to the brain that treatment usually involves both a neurosurgeon and an endocrinologist.

Most pituitary gland tumors are benign, and appear to be related to hereditary risk factors rather than any environmental cause. The commonest treatment for these types of tumors is brain surgery to remove the tumor, but depending on the patient and other factors, radiation or hormonal drug therapy may also be effective.

Surgery and Brain Tumors

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Brain Tumors
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Dr. Ilyas Munshi, an experienced neurosurgeon practicing in Lafayette, Louisiana, performs surgical procedures on patients with illnesses impacting the brain and spine. In preparation for his medical career, Dr. Ilyas Munshi studied at Rush Medical College, from which he earned his MD.

When patients develop cancer in the brain, it means cells in or the near the brain have started to multiply unchecked, causing them to grow into tumors that can put pressure on and destroy vital nervous tissue. However, up to 50 percent of brain growths are non-cancerous, or benign, tumors.

Doctors rely primarily on surgical care to address brain tumors positioned such that surgeons can extract them without causing extensive neurological harm. In conjunction with surgery, doctors may prescribe radiation and chemotherapy.

Brain cancer surgeries come in a variety of forms. For instance, some surgeries are diagnostic in character, meaning that doctors extract a tiny piece of the tumor to discover its type and nature. Some procedures aim to remove the tumor entirely, while others seek only to remove a large portion of it. The goals of these procedures depend largely on individual patients, the extent of disease, and the position of the tumors.