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.

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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.

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.

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.

Understanding Pituitary Tumors

An accomplished, board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Ilyas Munshi treats patients with pituitary tumors and other serious neurological conditions at his private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. In most cases, pituitary tumors are noncancerous growths that stay confined to the area in and around the pituitary gland. Although they don’t spread or behave like a cancer might, benign tumors often cause illness and a variety of symptoms. For this reason, some patients may require neurosurgery performed by a trained professional like Dr. Ilyas Munshi to extract or otherwise treat the tumor.

Pituitary growths give rise to several different types of symptoms. Symptoms linked to pressure include nausea, headaches, weakness, and loss of peripheral vision. Hormone-secreting tumors produce excessively high or low levels of certain hormones that regulate vital functions and cause various symptoms, depending on the type of hormone involved. For example, tumors that secrete andrenocorticotropic hormones produce symptoms ranging from high blood pressure to facial roundness. Other types of hormone-secreting tumors cause misaligned teeth, lack of menstrual periods, and weight loss. Patients experiencing such symptoms should consult an endocrinologist for a precise diagnosis and treatment.

The North American Spine Society Readies for Its 2014 Summit