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.


Surgery and Brain Tumors

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Brain Tumors

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.

Quick Notes on Brain Surgery Recovery

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Brain Surgery Recovery

Dr. Ilyas Munshi is a board-certified neurosurgeon and offers treatment for numerous spine disorders. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Ilyas Munshi has become an authority on many different aspects of neurosurgery.

Neurosurgery takes a toll on the body. For several weeks after a procedure, you may find daily tasks quite tiring. Here are just a few things you can expect during recovery.

As your brain repairs itself, your recovery will best progress with a well-balanced diet. Specifically, you will need to make sure you are taking in adequate levels of protein.

Should the after effects of surgery have an impact on your motor skills, you may work with a physical therapist to make sure you can safely walk and navigate stairs before leaving the hospital.

In a similar vein, an occupational therapist will take an assessment of your ability to perform everyday tasks like putting on clothes, using the bathroom, and showering. The therapist will also develop a plan of treatment to improve any of these areas you need help with.

AANS Highlights Neurosurgeons for Neurosurgery Awareness Month 2015

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Since founding his neurosurgery practice in Louisiana in 2001, Dr. Ilyas Munshi has specialized in spinal, brain, and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Ilyas Munshi, a board-certified neurosurgeon, also remains active in his field as a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Every year, the AANS celebrates Neurosurgery Awareness Month by highlighting neurological safety topics, injury prevention, back pain, and traumatic brain injury. The AANS recently recognized Neurosurgery Awareness Month in August 2015 with a new focus on the actual neurosurgeons who dedicate themselves to the challenging specialty practice.

The series includes a photo essay by a young couple coping with brain cancer, a profile of sibling neurosurgeons, and several stories from neurosurgical patients. Along with publications illuminating specific neurosurgeons and their patients, the AANS issued several abstracts for Neurosurgery Awareness Month 2015, such as “The Management of Head Injury and Philosophical Currents in the History of Neurosurgery.”

For more information on Neurosurgery Awareness Month 2015, please visit

The 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Heads to Chicago

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons

A Louisiana neurosurgeon with more than a decade of experience, Dr. Ilyas Munshi treats patients with brain and spinal conditions. Active within his field, Dr. Ilyas Munshi maintains membership with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

The AANS heads to Chicago, Illinois, to host the 84th Annual Scientific Meeting on April 30, 2016. Themed Neurosurgery Leading the Way, the conference spans five days and explores the impact of neurosurgeons in academia and research as well as new technologies and best practices. The event includes a socioeconomic session and six scientific sessions on topics such as tumors and neurotrauma. Attendees also gain access to presentations on peripheral nerves and critical care.

Advanced conference registration opens in November 2015 and ends April 4. Early registrants receive a discounted rate, while AANS members benefit from additional savings. Interested parties can sign up online or through email. In addition, the association accepts mailed and faxed completed registration forms. More information is available at

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Hosts 84th Meeting

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Involved in various aspects of neurology, Dr. Ilyas Munshi operates a private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. He treats patients with various brain and spinal issues using both operative and non-operative methods. A board certified physician, Dr. Ilyas Munshi belongs to several prestigious medical organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Originally founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the AANS advances the field of neurology by providing the best quality of care to patients. With more than 9,000 members worldwide, the organization supports the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of disorders of the brain, nervous system, spinal column, and nerves.

Held annually, the organization’s scientific meeting highlights the latest in scientific advancements in neurology. The 84th meeting, scheduled for April 30 through May 4 in 2016, takes place in Chicago, Illinois. Titled Neurology Leading the Way, the event focuses on neurology inside classrooms, laboratories, and operating rooms. Attendees can share their abstracts, listen to keynote speakers, and network with other members.

IED Blasts Affect Veterans Even after They Return Home

Considered one of the region’s best neurosurgeons, Dr. Ilyas Munshi opened his private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana in 2001. Among a number of other professional interests, Dr. Ilyas Munshi is concerned about research that indicates that military veterans who have survived large explosions may have sustained brain damage, even if they display no symptoms.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have learned that some of the axons, which are long nerve fibers in the brain, break when subjected to the shock of a large explosion, such as those caused by an improvised explosive device (IED). When these fibers break, protein packets that travel through them clog at the point of the break, causing swelling.

While there are generally no specific symptoms associated with this disorder, called axonal swellings, veterans who have survived IED explosions frequently have problems returning to civilian life. The problems are not as severe as punch-drunk syndrome, which is caused by multiple concussions, but it often includes such things as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, adjustment disorders, and substance abuse. The Johns Hopkins researchers note that recognizing that these problems may have a neurological foundation, when manifested by returning veterans, may be a significant factor in treating them.