On this page Dr. Ahuja and the staff at Neurosurgery and Endovascular Associates answer some of the questions that are most frequently asked by patients regarding neurosurgery and endovascular care.
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Q: What kinds of conditions does Dr. Ahuja treat?
A: Dr. Ahuja treats a variety of back and spinal conditions such as disc herniation, spinal stenosis, back pain, neck pain and degenerative disc disease.
He also treats high risk medical emergent conditions such as malignant and benign tumors of the brain and spinal cord, cerebral aneurysms, and acute strokes.
See a full list of all the conditions Dr. Ahuja treats here.
Q: Can I treat my condition without surgery?
A: Some conditions can be treated without surgery. We will attempt to reduce symptoms with physical therapy, medications, stretches, steroid injections where appropriate, and activity modification as necessary.
Q: When is surgery necessary?
A: The determination for surgery is when nonsurgical methods are unsuccessful in treating discomfort, and the patient’s daily life is negatively affected by pain.
Q: How long is recovery after surgery?
A: In general, the patient will be able to return to work 1-3 months after surgery, although he or she will continue to heal for up to 12 months. People heal faster if they stay active and participate in therapy as ordered.
Q: Can cervical foraminal stenosis cause lightheadedness or dizziness?
A: Both lightheadedness and dizziness have many causes. Although infrequent, cervical stenosis may be a cause of lightheadedness or dizziness if other more common causes are ruled out.
Q: What are the symptoms of a mini stroke in men and women?
A: The symptoms of a mini stroke (also known as a transient ischemic attack, or TIA) are the same as stroke symptoms for both men and women.
Mini stroke symptoms reverse within 24 hours while full stroke symptoms can be long lasting or permanent. When a person has symptoms of a stroke, they need immediate medical treatment.
It is not possible to tell at the onset if these symptoms will resolve on their own, or if the patient will need other treatment to reduce the possibility of long term disability or death.
Q: Why would neuroendovascular surgery be preferred?
A: The gold standard for many conditions such as cerebral aneurysms or carotid stenosis is surgery. In many cases this is still the preferred method of treating these conditions.
However, endovascular treatment may be preferred in situations where the condition cannot be reached surgically or where the patient’s medical condition is such that surgery may not be as safe.
Some situations are such that either method could be used. Dr. Ahuja will discuss in detail both types of procedures as they apply to a specific condition.
Q: What are the options for patients with both lumbar and cervical radiculopathy symptoms?
A: Many of the conservative measures for neck and back pain can be utilized together.
If one of the symptoms exceeds the other, focusing on the most painful or debilitating symptom first is usually the best option for improving quality of life quickly and returning to more normal functioning.
Both chronic neck and back pain are lifetime conditions, and it is not unusual to have long periods of relatively symptom-free time mixed with periods of discomfort.
Muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy can be very helpful in reducing flare-ups to a more manageable situation.