Quick Notes on Brain Surgery Recovery

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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.


Dispelling Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Myths

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A board-certified neurosurgeon, Ilyas Munshi, MD, treats patients out of his private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. In addition to other procedures, he specializes in treating brain tumors and spinal injuries. Dr. Ilyas Munshi is also an active member of the North American Spine Society.

Minimally invasive spinal surgery is a delicate topic to broach, so it’s no surprise that there is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding the topic. Here are three common myths about the procedure and why they are wrong.

Spinal surgery is the last resort

Having surgery on one’s spine can be a frightening proposition. That’s why it’s common for people to try any and all other treatments before deciding to go ahead with a surgery. Some conditions, however, require surgical intervention. Minimally invasive spinal surgery is a commonly used technique in these instances.

Spinal surgery means a long recovery

With advances in minimally invasive procedures, the recovery time for spinal surgery has been reduced significantly. Some patients who receive minimally invasive spinal surgery are even discharged on the same day.

Lasers are just as good as spine surgery

There have been no studies that prove lasers are as effective as surgery for the spine. Additionally, there are no health authorities in the United States who recommend lasers. There simply is no evidence that lasers offer alternative solutions to spinal surgery.

AANS Highlights Neurosurgeons for Neurosurgery Awareness Month 2015

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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 www.aans.org.

About the Craniotomy Procedure

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As a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Ilyas Munshi leads a private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. There, Dr. Ilyas Munshi regularly performs craniotomy procedures.

The term “craniotomy” refers to the technique that a neurosurgeon uses to expose the brain for the purpose of performing a particular surgical procedure. Often used to provide access for procedures like tumor removal or aneurysm repair, it also allows surgeons to assess the brain tissue or relieve pressure under the skull. The procedure involves the removal of a section of bone from the skull, which when removed is known as the bone flap.

After the patient is shaved and sedated, the surgeon secures the patient to a device that keeps the head still. The surgeon then identifies the spot to be treated and creates an incision that allows him or her to lift up the skin and muscle above the skull. Once the skull is exposed, the surgeon drills a series of small holes to guide the removal of the bone flap. The surgeon then uses a saw to connect the drilled holes and separate the bone flap from the rest of the skull.

Once the bone flap is removed, the surgeon cuts through a protective membrane called the dura to expose the brain. This exposure allows the surgeon to perform the necessary procedure. After the procedure is complete, the surgeon closes the dura and replaces the bone flap. Screws and plates, permanently fitted, attach the bone flap to the skull and hold it in place.

Epidural Spinal Injections – An Effective Pain Management Tool

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Receiving his doctor of medicine from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, Ilyas Munshi, MD, has more than 20 years of medical experience. Treating patients with chronic back pain, Dr. Ilyas Munshi is trained in and performs a procedure called epidural spinal injection.

Epidural spinal injection is a nonsurgical option to help alleviate short- or long-term radiating back pain. This procedure involves administering an anti-inflammatory medication via injection to the inflamed spinal nerve area or epidural space. Reducing nerve irritation, steroids inhibit the production of inflammation-causing proteins. The addition of anesthesia to the problem area helps block the nerve receptors, which dulls the pain. Although effective, epidural spinal injection will not cure the pain associated with spinal compression. It is considered a pain management tool used by clinicians to help ease the patient’s discomfort during the pre-surgical treatment phase.

Epidural spinal injection usually takes 15 to 30 minutes and is performed in a medical center or hospital setting. Patients are monitored for 30 to 60 minutes in the recovery room for adverse side effects or complications. After the procedure, patients may experience the temporary side effect of numbness in the upper and lower extremities, lasting up to eight hours, due to the use of anesthesia. Some have experienced an increase of pain within the first 24–48 hours following the injection, though it typically takes up to 72 hours for pain relief to begin.

Anterior vs. Posterior Surgery for Scoliosis

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As a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Ilyas Munshi offers treatment for scoliosis and other disorders of the spine. Dr. Ilyas Munshi maintains an in-depth knowledge of both anterior and posterior approaches to scoliosis surgery.

The term “scoliosis” refers to an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. It can cause visible deformities, an imbalanced stance, and back pain, as well as a variety of secondary conditions. Mild cases may be treated by wearing a brace, although curvatures of more than 45 degrees may require surgery. The most common such surgery, particularly in children and adolescents, is posterior spinal fusion.

In posterior spinal fusion surgery, a small incision in the patient’s back provides access to those vertebrae that cause the problematic curvature. After retracting the muscles that attach to the spine, the surgeon attaches a rod or set of rods that act on the spine to correct the curve. The surgeon also introduces a bone graft, which encourages the bones to better connect and support stabilization.

Like the posterior approach, anterior fusion employs stabilizing rods and bone grafts to correct the curvature and stabilize the spinal column. However, this particular approach is more commonly used in the treatment of lumbar or thoracic curvatures. Another difference is that stabilizers get attached to the side of the vertebrae. A surgeon performing this procedure must enter the body either through the side, chest, or abdomen, which may require the removal of a rib or the temporary deflation of a lung to support access.

The 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Heads to Chicago

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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 www.aans.org.