AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Interview With Peter W. Carmel, MD, FAANS

Interview With Peter W. Carmel, MD, FAANS

Andrew E. Sloan, MD, FAANS | Face-Time

Andrew E. Sloan, MD, FAANS (AS): Why did you decide to become a neurosurgeon? Peter W. Carmel, MD (PC): I took a circuitous route. I planned to be a psychiatrist because I hated biochemistry but was …

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The Pain of Neurosurgical Residency

The Pain of Neurosurgical Residency

Nicholas C. Field, MD; Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD, FAANS | Resident's Forum

Neurosurgery residents deal with both acute surgical pain and a variety of chronic pain syndromes ranging from lower back pain and failed back surgery syndrome to complex regional pain syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia. As the …

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July 1

July 1

Kathryn Ko, MD, MFA, FAANS | The Neurosurgeon's Studio

July 1 comes ‘round once again. I examine my practice and revisit my patients’ lives. I am transported back to an earlier July by the image of my former patient with a brain tumor. Unable …

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Lost Arts: Teaching the Neurosurgical Management of Pain

Lost Arts: Teaching the Neurosurgical Management of Pain

Sharona Ben-Haim, MD; William S. Rosenberg, MD, FAANS | Timeline

Surgical intervention for the treatment of severe, chronic pain has been used successfully for centuries. With patients living longer and surviving cancer, chronic pain is skyrocketing. Techniques have evolved considerably over the years to become …

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Coding Pain Should Not Be a Pain

Coding Pain Should Not Be a Pain

Antonios Mammis, MD | Coding Clarity

For decades, pain surgery has been neurosurgery’s stepchild. Few took interest in it, lesioning of the nervous system suffered the stigma inflicted by psychosurgery, and the field was being slowly absorbed by anesthesiology and physiatry. …

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We Feel the Pain

We Feel the Pain

Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FAANS | Editorial License

This week, a 28-year-old presented to my office with symptoms secondary to a recurrent herniated lumbar disc. Seeing his name as the last patient of my day produced a cacophony of thoughts and emotions. His …

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